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Polynomial Vocabulary - Problem 3

Teacher/Instructor Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Polynomials are made up of strings of sum and differences of what we call "terms." Like terms have the same exponents on the same variables, and they can be combined. Standard form of a polynomial is when the terms are re-arranged so the exponents go in decreasing order. When a polynomial is in standard form, the coefficient in front of the first term is called the leading coefficient. The degree is the highest exponent in the polynomial.

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