Practice!

Sample Problem

F(x) = x3-3x2+x-4

a) What is the degree of this function? (enter a whole number from 0 – 4)

b) What is the leading coefficient of this function?

Solution

F(x) = x3-3x2+x-4

a) The degree is 3 because that’s the highest power in the function.

b) The highest power variable has a coefficient of 1, so the leading coefficient is 1.