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i thing it means the highest degree of the polynomials.
What are your choices?
your right . my mistake . sorry .
The determination of degree is dependent on the exponent of the variable terms. In your problem the x variable highest degree is 5 or fifth degree and it appears that is the highest for the x term, I am not sure how to handle when you have two different variables.
I meant x^5y^2+7x^3y^7-3x^2y^4
ok . what i think is correct is so: If there are three monomials or more, being added or subtracted, to make a polynomial, and each has a degree (lone variable has a degree of 1) and the monomial that has the highest degree represnts the whole polynomial's degree. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_definition_of_a_degree_of_a_monomial#ixzz22DoXQBds
so it would be 10 because 3+7
With that infromation provided by hal_stirrup then it appears it would be a 10th degree expression.
You're welcome SantanaG
if your question asked you specifically for x variable or y variable then its the highs exponent degree of x or y..