# Degree (mathematics)

For example: if we look at the polynomial ${\displaystyle 2x^{3}-7x^{2}+5x-4}$, then we can see that the degree of this polynomial is 3 because the highest power of x that occurs is ${\displaystyle x^{3}}$.
The name of the variable is not important. For example, the polynomial ${\displaystyle -6y^{5}+2y^{3}-25y-58}$ has degree 5, because the highest power of y that occurs is ${\displaystyle y^{5}}$.