The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of its terms, when the polynomial is expressed in canonical form (i.e. as a linear combination of monomials). The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents of the variables that appear in it. The word degree is now standard, but in some older books, the word order may be used instead. For example, the polynomial has three terms. (Notice, this polynomial can also be expressed as .
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Polynomial
In mathematics, a polynomial is an expression of finite length constructed from variables and constants, using only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and non-negative integer exponents. For example, x ¿ x/4 + 7 is a polynomial, but x ¿ 4/x + 7x is not, because its second term involves division by the variable x (4/x), and also because its third term contains an exponent that is not an integer (3/2).
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