# Extract coefficients of polynomials

I have the following code:

```
var('a')
_.<k> = PolynomialRing(ZZ)
f = k^3+2*k^2+1
g = k^3 + a*k^2 + 1
f.coefficients()
g.coefficients()
```

the coefficients of f that i get are perfect:

```
[1, 2, 1]
```

the coefficients of g should be [1,a,1], but instead i get:

```
[[k^3 + 1, 0], [k^2, 1]]
```

I've tried the solution suggested here:

but it doesn't always produce the coefficients in a logical order.

As always, any help figuring out how to get the correct coefficients of g would be greatly appreciated.