leading coefficient


Definition of Leading Coefficient

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

Examples of Leading Coefficient

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

Solved Example on Leading Coefficient

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.

Related Terms for Leading Coefficient

  • Coefficient
  • Term
  • Degree
  • Polynomial