Math Definitions - Letter D

Degree (Algebra)

Definition of Degree (Algebra)

Definition of Degree (Algebra)

The degree is the highest power of \(x\) (or whatever the variable is) in a polynomial with one variable.

(If there is more than one variable, the degree the largest sum of all the powers involved in each term of the polynomial).

For example,

  • The degree of \(3x^2 + 5x + 6\) is \(2\).
  • The degree of \(7x^{16} + 2x^2 + 23\) is \(16\).
  • The degree of \(x^3y + 3x^2 + 2xy + 17\) is \(4 = 3 + 1\).


The aim of this dictionary is to provide definitions to common mathematical terms. Students learn a new math skill every week at school, sometimes just before they start a new skill, if they want to look at what a specific term means, this is where this dictionary will become handy and a go-to guide for a studen


Year 1 to Year 12 students

Learning Objectives

Learn common math terms starting with letter D

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Added on: 6th Feb 2018

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