A constant term is a term that contains only a number
. In other words, thereis no variable in a constant term.Examples of constant terms are 4, 100, and -5.
Standard Form of a Polynomialwhere
is a non-negative integer.is called the leading coefficient.
is a constant.
In other words,
a polynomial is a finite sum of terms where the exponents onthe variables are non-negative integers.
Note that the terms are separated by+’s and -‘s.An example of a polynomial expression is .
Degree of a Term
The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents on the variables containedin the term.
For example, the degree of the term would be 1 + 1 = 2. The exponent on
is 1 and on
is 1 and the sum of the exponents is 2.The degree of the term would be 3 since the only variable exponent that wehave is 3.