The first term is

The second term is

The third term is

The fourth term is

The term with the highest degree is the first term, -9x^3. Because that term is of third degree, the polynomial is said to be of third degree. It is also called a "cubic" polynomial.

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**-9x^3**. It has 3rd degree, because the variable, x, is raised to the third power.The second term is

**3x^2**. It has second degree, because the variable, x, is raised to the second power.The third term is

**6x**. It is of first degree, because the variable, x, is raised to the first power.The fourth term is

**4**. It is a constant.The term with the highest degree is the first term, -9x^3. Because that term is of third degree, the polynomial is said to be of third degree. It is also called a "cubic" polynomial.

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*first term*is the first term you encounter when you read the polynomial from left to right. Humans usually like to write polynomials so that the first term is the one with the highest degree. This lets you learn right away the degree of the polynomial without reading it all the way to the end. Some computer programs like to put the terms in order of increasing degree, the reverse of what may be most useful to humans.