## Intermediate Algebra (6th Edition)

The degree of a term is the sum of the exponents on the variables contained in the term. Therefore, we simply add together the exponents on the variables in the term. For the term 5$x^{2}y^{3}$, the exponent on x is 2 and on y is 3. Therefore, the degree of this term is the sum of these numbers ($2+3=5$). Remember that the degree of a constant term is 0. A constant $a$ can be written in the form $ax^{0}$, where we can see that the sum of the exponents on the variable is 0.