# Difference between revisions of "ApCoCoA-1:NC.LC"

## NC.LC

Leading coefficient of a polynomial over a free associative K-algebra.

### Syntax

```NC.LC(F:LIST):RAT
```

### Description

Please note: The function(s) explained on this page is/are using the ApCoCoAServer. You will have to start the ApCoCoAServer in order to use it/them.

Before calling the function, please set ring environment coefficient field K, alphabet X and ordering through the functions NC.SetFp(Prime) (or NC.UnsetFp()), NC.SetX(X) and NC.SetOrdering(Ordering) respectively. Default coefficient field is Q. Default ordering is length-lexicographic ordering ("LLEX"). For more information, please check the relevant functions.

• @param F: a polynomial in K<X>. Each polynomial in K<X> is represented as a LIST of LISTs, which are pairs of form [c, w] where c is in K and w is a word in X*. Unit in X* is empty word represented as an empty string "". 0 polynomial is represented as an empty list. For example, polynomial F:=xy-y+1 in K<x,y> is represented as F:=[[1,"xy"], [-1, "y"], [1,""]].

• @return: an element of the current field which is the leading term of F with respect to the current ordering. If F=0, then 0 will be returned.

#### Example

```NC.SetX(<quotes>abc</quotes>);
F:=[[1,<quotes>ab</quotes>],[2,<quotes>aa</quotes>],[3,<quotes>bb</quotes>],[4,<quotes>bab</quotes>]];
NC.SetOrdering(<quotes>ELIM</quotes>);
NC.LC(F);
2
-------------------------------
NC.SetOrdering(<quotes>LLEX</quotes>);
NC.LC(F);
4
-------------------------------
NC.LC([]); -- 0 polynomial
0
-------------------------------
```