Leading Coefficient

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Definition of Leading Coefficient

In a polynomial, the coefficient of the term with the highest degree is called the leading coefficient.

Example of Leading Coefficient

    The leading coefficient of the polynomial - 7x3 + 6x2 + 2x - 5 is -7.

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Solved Example on Leading Coefficient

Ques: Choose the leading coefficient of the given polynomial function g(u) = 11u - 9u2.

    Choices:
    A. - 11
    B. - 9
    C. 11
    D. 9
    Correct Answer: B

Solution:

    Step 1: In a polynomial, the coefficient of the term with the highest degree is called the leading coefficient.
    Step 2: The leading coefficient of the polynomial function g(u) = 11u - 9u2 is -9.

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