# Math Help - Adding polynomials

$(3x^3&-5x^4&-10x&+1)&+(17x^4&-x^3)$

$(3x^3&-5x^4&-10x&+1)$
+ $(17x^4&-x^3)$

Answer = $12x^4&-x^3&-10x&+1$

I was told it does not have to be in standard form, but it helps to have it in standard form.. Is that true?

It's not entirely correct, because $3x^3-x^3=2x^3$ and not $-x^3$.
And to write the polynomial in a decraising way of the degrees is just a useful notation.

Originally Posted by Siron
It's not entirely correct, because $3x^3-x^3=2x^3$ and not $-x^3$.
And to write the polynomial in a decraising way of the degrees is just a useful notation.
Oh, so is basically subtracting $3x^3-&1x^3$

By the way the exponents only cancel when dividing?

Oh, so is basically subtracting $3x^3-&1x^3$
$\frac{a^{x}}{a^{y}}=a^{x-y}$
So if $x=y$ then indeed the exponent cancels.