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Before you understand this topic you should read -

What is Algebraic Expression ?
What are Terms ?

An algebraic Expression with one or more terms is called Polynomials .
Eg. 2a, 5x + y, 2x2 + 3x + y, all are polynomials

If the variable in the polynomial is x, we may denote the polynomial by p(x) or q(x) or r(x) etc
For example:
Polynomial 5x3 + 3x2 + x can be written as:
p(x) = 5x3 + 3x2 + x

Polynomial a3 + 2a + 3 can be written as:
q(a) = a3 + 2a + 3

Polynomial r2 + r + 35 can be written as:
f(r) = r2 + r + 35

A polynomial can have any number of terms.


Polynomials can be of following types:

  • Zero Polynomial
  • Monomial
  • Binomial
  • Trinomial
    (You can study these types from the above provided link)

    Have a look at the below expression and study what are terms, constant term, variables, power and coefficients of Polynomial.

    3x2 + 2x + 2


  • Terms in given Polynomial are : 3x2 + 2x + 2

  • Constant Term in given Polynomial is : 3x2 + 2x + 2

  • Variables in given Polynomial are : 3x2 + 2x + 2

  • Power / Exponent in given Polynomial is : 3x2 + 2x + 2

  • Coefficients in given Polynomial are : 3x2 + 2x + 2

    Note: If Power or Exponent is negative then it is not a polynomial . For example x-2 or 2x-2

    Let's study few examples and find terms, constant term, variables, power and coefficients of Polynomial




    Example - 1 : Find terms, constant term, variables, power and coefficients from 4y2 + 5x + 3
    Solution : The given Polynomial is 4y2 + 5x + 3 so

    Terms in given Polynomial are : 4y2 + 5x + 3

    Constant Term in given Polynomial is : 4y2 + 5x + 3

    Variables in given Polynomial are :4y2 + 5x + 3

    Power in given Polynomial is : 4y2 + 5x + 3

    Coefficient in given Polynomial are : 4y2 + 5x + 3




    Example - 2 : Find terms, constant term, variables, power and coefficients from 5y2 + 6x - 4
    Solution : The given Polynomial is 5y2 + 6x - 4 so

    Terms in given Polynomial are : 5y2 + 6x - 4

    Constant Term in given Polynomial is : 5y2 + 6x - 4

    Variables in given Polynomial are : 5y2 + 6x - 4

    Power in given Polynomial is : 5y2 + 6x - 4

    Coefficient in given Polynomial are : 5y2 + 6x - 4




    Example - 3 : Find terms, variables, power and coefficients from 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x
    Solution : The given Polynomial is 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x so

    Terms in given Polynomial are : 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x

    Variables in given Polynomial are : 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x

    Powers in given Polynomial are : 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x

    Coefficients in given Polynomial are : 5x3 + 4y2 + 3x




    Example - 4 : Is 25 a polynomial
    Solution - Yes 25 is a polynomial as one term is allowed in polynomial and this 25 is also a constant



    Example - 5 : Is x-3 is polynomial
    Solution : No, x-3 is not a polynomial because its power is negative

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