# What is the leading term, leading coefficient, and degree of this polynomial #y = 4x^2 −3x + 7#?

##### 1 Answer

Sep 27, 2015

Leading term:

Leading coefficient:

Degree:

#### Explanation:

The **degree** of a polynomial is the largest exponent of a variable for any term in the polynomial (for polynomials in more than one variable it is the largest sum of exponents for any term).

The **leading term** is the term with the largest **degree**. Note that the leading term is not necessarily the first term of the polynomial (unless the polynomial is written in something called canonical form).

The **leading coefficient** is the constant within the **leading term**.