If the degree of is the same as that of , determine the value of .
The degree of an algebraic term is the sum of the powers of the algebraic factors. If there is no power labelled for an algebraic factor (such as and ), then that factor has a power of 1.
The term is of the 6th degree because the sum of its powers is .
Since is also of the 6th degree and is the only power of an algebraic factor, we know that .