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

leading term: $-8x^6$
The leading term of a polynomial is the term with the highest degree. The terms of the given polynomial have the following degrees: $x^2$ - degree is 2 $-10$ - degree is 0 $5x$ - degree is 1 $-8x^6$ - degree is 6 Notice that the term with the highest degree is $-8x^6$ with a degree of $6$. Thus, the leading term of the given polynomial is: $-8x^6$.