Problem: State the degree, type, and leading coefficient of f(x) = -5x2 - 6 - 4x
First, we have to put the polynomial from highest degree to lowest degree.
(note: the degree is the exponent in the variable)
So, the polynomial is f(x) = -5x2 - 4x - 6
1) The degree of this polynomial would be 2 because it is the highest exponent in the polynomial.
2) The type is quadratic because the highest degree is 2.
3) The leading coefficient would be -5 because it is the number at the very beginning of the polynomial
***NOTE: the leading coefficient will be number next to the highest degree. DO NOT include the variable. We are only looking for the number.
Hope this helps!