# Chapter 5 - Section 5.3 - Polynomials and Polynomial Functions - Vocabulary, Readiness & Video Check: 6

variables

#### Work Step by Step

The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents on only the variables in the term. For example, the degree of the term $8^{10}x^{2}y$ is the sum of the exponents only on the variables x and y, which is $2+1=3$. We do not sum the exponents on the constants to find the degree of the term.

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