Standard form simply refers to the format of a mathematical expression where the terms are arranged by decreasing order of degree. Where the degree is determined by the exponent value of the variable of each term.

For quadratic equations the standard form is ##ax^2 + bx + c## Where ##ax^2## has a degree of 2 ##bx## has a degree of 1 and ##c## has a degree of zero.

If we took an example like, ##-16 +5f^8-7f^3## The highest degree is 8 in the term ##5f^8## The next degree is 3 in the term ##-7f^3## and the ##-16## term has a degree of zero because there is no variable.

Therefore the standard form for this expression would be ##5f^8-7f^3-16##