anonymous
  • anonymous
is -3x^-4y^1 a polynomial
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poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
Hi, cheriblsm, welcome to OpenStudy. Yes, this is a polynomial. anything with more than one term is a polynomial.
anonymous
  • anonymous
even if the exponents are negative?
poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
yes, the sign doesn't have anything to do with the kind of equation it is. let me know if you need more help. :) by the way, to be more specific, this is also a binomial.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
would you add the exponents as numbers to get the degree?
poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
I think the degree is just the highest exponent. Just to make sure, @Hero
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thank you for your help, my text book does not have any information regarding negative exponents.
poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
you're welcome :D
poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
wait wat o-o I thought it needed more than one term to be a polynomial.
anonymous
  • anonymous
so if it has negative exponents it is not a polynomial?
poopsiedoodle
  • poopsiedoodle
OH YEAH, negatives are fractions.
anonymous
  • anonymous
its a confusing problem.
Directrix
  • Directrix
@cheriblsm113 -3(x^-4) * (y^1) is NOT a polynomial Polynomial terms have variables which are raised to whole-number exponents (or else the terms are just plain numbers); there are no square roots of variables, no fractional powers, and no variables in the denominator of any fractions. Here are some examples shown on the attachment. http://www.purplemath.com/modules/polydefs.htm

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