How do you write `2x^3-5x^2-x+6` in standard form?

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txmedteach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The key here is understanding what standard form of a polynomial is. Standard form involves two things:

  • Combining all terms of the same degree (all `x` terms, all `x^2` terms, etc.)
  • Arranging the terms in order of descending degree (`x^n` first, then `x^(n-1)` , etc.)

This actually makes the task asked for in the question quite easy. All terms are of different degree, so we can't combine any. Also, the terms are already in the correct order. Therefore, your answer is the polynomial you gave:


ryleeevans14 | Student

This is already in standard form. Standard form is normally written as 0=(then the equation) since there is no equal sign it's in standard form already just without the 0=