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A degree is the highest power found in a polynomial.



Algebraic equations in one variable x are classified according to the highest power of x contained therein. This power is called the degree of the equation. Commonly the equation

anxn  + an−1xn−1  + ··· + a2x2 + a1x + a0 = 0

with an ≠ 0 is called an n-th degree equation. So this is actually an exponent.


Example 1

The general form of a second-degree equation is written as


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