Tanvir Alam thinks this is interesting: 2x2y has a degree of 2. From 5. Polynomials from Master Math: Algebra by Debra Anne Ross Publisher: Course Technology PTR Released: May 2009 Note The degree here is 3. x has an exponent of 2 and y has an exponent of 1, resulting in 2 + 1 = 3. Share this highlight http://learning.oreilly.com/a/master-math-algebra/17278793/ Twitter Facebook Google Plus Email Get Instant Access Now Start a Free Trial Have an account? Sign in.