Video: Finding the Degree of a Monomial

Find the degree of the monomial −7.

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Find the degree of the monomial negative seven.

The degree of any monomial is the sum of the exponents or powers of all included variables. This might lead us into thinking that our degree is one as negative seven to the power of one is equal to negative seven. However, negative seven is not a variable; it is a constant. This leads us to the second part of our definition of the degree of monomials, which states that all constants have the monomial degree of zero. The degree of negative seven is therefore zero.

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