# Understanding Polynomial Degrees and Special Names

The degree of a polynomial is determined by its highest exponent, with specific names for each degree level. From the basic constant to the nth degree polynomial, this guide showcases the different degrees and their characteristics, helping you grasp the concept of polynomial functions easily.

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**Degree of a Polynomial**The degree of a polynomial is calculated by finding the largest exponent in the polynomial. In order for a function to be polynomial: -leading coefficient must not be zero -exponents must be whole numbers (no negatives -no variables in the denominator **standard form of a polynomial function has the exponents from greatest to least**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) 9**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x 2nd degree Quadratic 7x2 + 3x**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x 2nd degree Quadratic 7x2 + 3x 6x3 2x 3rd degree Cubic**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x 2nd degree Quadratic 7x2 + 3x 6x3 2x 3x4 + 5x 1 3rd degree Cubic 4th degree Quartic**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x 2nd degree Quadratic 7x2 + 3x 6x3 2x 3x4 + 5x 1 2x5 + 7x3 3rd degree Cubic 4th degree Quartic 5th degree Quintic**Degree of a Polynomial**(Each degree has a special name ) No variable Constant 9 1st degree Linear 8x 2nd degree Quadratic 7x2 + 3x 6x3 2x 3x4 + 5x 1 2x5 + 7x3 5xn 3rd degree Cubic 4th degree Quartic 5th degree Quintic 6th degree or higher nth degree**Lets practice classifying polynomials by degree.**POLYNOMIAL 1. 3z4 + 5z3 7 2. 15a + 25 3. 185 4. 2c10 7c6 + 4c3 - 9 5. 2f3 7f2 + 1 6. 15y2 7. 9g4 3g + 5 8. 10r5 7r 9. 16n7 + 6n4 3n2 DEGREE NAME Quartic Linear Constant 4. Tenth degree 5. Cubic 6. Quadratic 7. Quartic 8. Quintic 9. Seventh degree 1. 2. 3. The degree name becomes the first name of the polynomial.**Naming Polynomials**(by number of terms) 2 5x**Naming Polynomials**(by number of terms) 2 5x One term Monomial**Naming Polynomials**(by number of terms) 2 5x x+ One term Monomial 3 Two terms Binomial**Naming Polynomials**(by number of terms) 2 5x x+ One term Monomial 3 Two terms Binomial + 3 Three terms Trinomial 7 2 4 x x**Naming Polynomials**(by number of terms) 2 5x x+ One term Monomial 3 Two terms Binomial + 3 Three terms Trinomial 7 2 4 x x Four (or more) terms Polynomial with 4 (or more) terms + + 4 3 2 2 2 5 x x x x**Lets practice classifying a polynomial by**number of terms . Polynomial 15x 2. 2e8 3e7 + 3e 7 6c + 5 4. 3y7 4y5 + 8y3 5. 64 6. 2p8 4p6 + 9p4 + 3p 1 7. 25h3 15h2 + 18 8. 55c19 + 35 Classify by # of Terms: Monomial 2. Polynomial with 4 terms Binomial 4. Trinomial 5. Monomial 6. Polynomial with 5 terms 7. Trinomial 8. Binomial 1. 1. 3. 3.**Can you name them now?**POLYNOMIAL 5x2 2x + 3 2. 2z + 5 3. 7a3 + 4a 12 4. -15 5. 27x8 + 3x5 7x + 4 CLASSIFICATION / NAME Quadratic Trinomial 2. Linear Binomial Cubic Trinomial 4. Constant Monomial 8th Degree Polynomial with 4 terms. 6. Quartic Binomial 7. Linear Binomial 8. Quintic Monomial 1. 1. 3. 5. 6. 9x4 3 7. 10x 185 8. 18x5