The standard form of a polynomial is
f(x) = a_{n}x^{n} +
a_{n1}x^{n1} + ^{. . .} + a_{1}x + a_{0} Thus, the degree of the polynomial is n, which is the largest exponent which appears in the above polynomial.
Examples 3x has degree 1 (x^{3} + 5) has degree 3
(x^{2} + 2x) has degree 2
(x^{5} + 2x^{4} + 5x^{2} + 10x) has degree 5.
