Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 4 - Polynomials - 4.7 Polynomials in Several Variables - 4.7 Exercise Set - Page 283: 3


Option (a)

Work Step by Step

RECALL: (1) The degree of a term is equal to the sum of the exponents of its variables. (2) The degree of a polynomial is equal to the degree of the term with the highest degree. The terms of the polynomial have the following degrees: $2x^2y$: degree is 3 $7xy^3$: degree is 4 $5x^2y$: degree is 3 The highest degree among the three terms is $4$. Thus, the degree of the polynomial is $4$. Therefore, the answer is Option (a).
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