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## What is the leading coefficient of polynomial? ## How do you identify the leading coefficient?

• We can find the degree of a polynomial by identifying the highest power of the variable that occurs in the polynomial. The term with the highest degree is called the leading term because it is usually written first. The coefficient of the leading term is called the leading coefficient.

## How to find leading coefficient from graph?

• Determine the graph’s end behavior. Use the Leading Coefficient Test,described above,to find if the graph rises or falls to the left and to the right. ...
• Find the x- intercepts or zeros of the function.*Factor out a GCF*Factor a diff. ...
• Find the y -intercept of the function. ...
• Determine if there is any symmetry. ...
• Find the number of maximum turning points. ...

## What is the leading coefficient test?

• Leading Coefficient Test. Use the Leading Coefficient Test to determine the end behavior of the graph of the polynomial function . Solution: Because the degree is odd and the leading coefficient is negative, the graph rises to the left and falls to the right as shown in the figure.  