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Concept

The degree of the leading term is the degree of the polynomial and the coefficient of the leading term is called the leading coefficient. For example, consider the polynomial $P(x)=2x_{3}−8x+3.$

The degree of the polynomial is $3$ and its leading coefficient is $2.$ The leading term also helps determine the total number of zeros, real and imaginary, of a polynomial and the end behavior of its graph.

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