College Algebra (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321979478
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-947-6

Chapter R - Section R.4 - Polynomials - R.4 Assess Your Understanding - Page 48: 26


The given expression is a polynomial whose degree is $2$.

Work Step by Step

The variable in the given expression has exponents of $1$ and $2$, which are both non-negative integers. Thus, the given expression is a polynomial with two terms. The degree of a non-zero polynomial in one variable is equal to the degree of the term with the highest degree. The first term has a degree of $2$ while the second term has a degree of $1$. Thus, the degree of the polynomial is $2$.
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