## Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

The degree of a polynomial is the largest degree of all its terms. For example, consider the polynomial $x^{3}+x+y$. The sum of the exponents on x in the first term is 3, so the degree of the first term is 3. The sum of the exponents on the variables in the second and third terms is 1, so the degree of these terms is 1. Therefore, the first term has the largest degree of all of the terms, so the polynomial will have a degree of 3, which is equal to the degree on the largest term.