Degree

## 1. Angle measure

Degrees are a unit of angle measure. A full circle is divided into 360 degrees. For example, a right angle is 90 degrees. A degree has the symbol ° and so ninety degrees would written 90°. Another unit of angle measure is the radian.

## 2. Degree of a term

• The degree of a term is the exponent of the term. For example the term has a degree of 2.

• If the term has more than one variable it is the sum of the exponents. For example has a degree of 6 (4+2).

• If there is no exponent, the degree is 1, since

• If the term is just a constant its degree is zero. Recall that and so any constant (say 9) could be re-written:

## 3. Degree of a polynomial

The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of any term in the polynomial. For example the polynomial has a degree of 5 because the x5 term has the highest degree. See ("degree of a term" above).

## Pages referring to 'degree'

Definition of an angle as used in trigonometry ( trig ). Explains coterminal angles, initial side, terminal side
Discussion of the way angles are measured in degrees, minutes, seconds.
Definition of a radian as a unit of angular measure
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