# SOLUTION: Please help me to understand how to solve this problem. Arrange in descending exponent form and give the degree. {{{8-x}}} I am totally lost.

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 Question 94063: Please help me to understand how to solve this problem. Arrange in descending exponent form and give the degree. I am totally lost.Answer by bucky(2189)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Descending order involves the exponents of x. In descending order the exponents of x decrease as you read from left to right. . The following is an example of the descending order of x: . . Of course the exponents could be bigger than the 5 I started with. And each of the terms in this descending order may have a multiplier associated with it ... for example, the series of terms . . is arranged in descending powers of x. Some of the multipliers could be zero, and that would cause that power of x to disappear. . One thing to note. What is ? Remember the rule that says anything raised to a zero power is equal to 1. So . And also remember the rule that says anything raised to the first power is itself. So . . Now back to your problem you are given and asked to arrange it in descending powers of x. . Note that . And note that . Therefore, the answer to your problem is that in descending powers of x, the numbers are: . . and the minus x is to the first power, and the +8 is to the zero power. Therefore, the highest exponent involved is 1 and this makes it a first degree or first order binomial. . Hope this is what you were looking for.