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, if F
is a field, a single-variable F
In mathematics, a polynomial is an expression of finite length constructed from variables and constants, using only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and non-negative integer exponents...
The degree of a polynomial represents the highest degree of a polynominal's terms , should the polynomial be expressed in canonical form . The degree of an individual term is the sum of the exponents acting on the term's variables...
on a vector space
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is a map
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of the form
for v ∈ V and Ak ∈ Lksym = the set of all F-valued symmetric k-linear forms
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for k = 0, ..., p. P is called homogeneous of degree p if P = Ap above.
Similarly, one can define an n-variable F-valued polynomial of degree ≤ p on V to be
where Ai,j,k ∈ Lpi,j,ksym with . In this case P is called homogeneous if we only have the k = p summand in the above expression.