# Leading Coefficient and Degree of Polynomials

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In this lesson, we learn how to find the leading coefficient and degree of a polynomial by first putting it in standard form. The standard form involves arranging the polynomial in descending order of exponents. The leading coefficient is the coefficient of the variable with the highest degree, while the degree is simply the degree of the polynomial's leading term. It's essential to take note of the exponents and arrange them properly to avoid making common mistakes.

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Finding the leading coefficient and degree of a polynomial

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• What is the leading coefficient of a polynomial?
• How do you find the leading coefficient of a polynomial?
• What is the degree of a polynomial?
• What is the standard form for a polynomial?
• What is the standard form of 7x - 5 + x^3 - 2x^2?
• What is the degree of 7x - 5 + x^3 - 2x^2?
• What is the leading coefficient of 7x - 5 + x^3 - 2x^2?
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This is a quick but good explanation of a polynomial problem in which you are trying to find the leading coefficient and the degree of the polynomial. Each step is explained and shown clearly.