1. Angle measure

Degrees are a unit of angle measure. A full circle is divided into 360 degrees. For example, a right angle is 90 degrees. A degree has the symbol ° and so ninety degrees would written 90°. Another unit of angle measure is the radian.

2. Degree of a term

  • The degree of a term is the exponent of the term. For example the term has a degree of 2.

  • If the term has more than one variable multiplied together it is the sum of the exponents. For example has a degree of 6 (4+2).

  • If there is no exponent, the degree is 1, since

  • If the term is just a constant its degree is zero. Recall that and so any constant (say 9) could be re-written:

3. Degree of a polynomial

The degree of a polynomial is the highest degree of any term in the polynomial. For example the polynomial has a degree of 5 because the x5 term has the highest degree. See ("degree of a term" above).

Pages referring to 'degree'

This calculator is used to add and subtract angles in degrees, minutes and seconds. This angle form has each degree is divided into 60 minutes and each minute divided into 60 seconds. Used in astronomy and defining latitude and longitude.
Definition of an angle as used in trigonometry ( trig ). Explains coterminal angles, initial side, terminal side
Discussion of the way angles are measured in degrees, minutes, seconds.
Definition of a radian as a unit of angular measure