This is a 7th degree polynomial:

6mn^2 + (m^3)(n^4) + 8
This guy has
7 letters...
The degree is

This is a 1st degree polynomial:

3x - 2
This guy has
1 letter...
The degree is

What about this guy?


How many letters does he have?  ZERO!
So, he's a zero degree polynomial.

By the way, the coefficients don't have anything to do with the degree.


Find the degree:

Before we go on, I want you to know that Algebra isn't going to be just a bunch of weird words that you don't understand.  I just had to start with some words at the beginning so you'd know what the heck I'm talking about!