# Return degree of polynomial in InfinitePolynomialRing

Consider the following:

```
sage: R.<a> = InfinitePolynomialRing(QQ)
sage: p = a[1]*a[2]^2
```

Then we have

```
sage: p.degree(a[1].variable())
1
sage: p.degree(a[2].variable())
2
```

but

```
sage: p.degree(a[3].variable())
...
TypeError: argument is not coercible to the parent
```

instead of returning `0`

. Moreover, if I execute one of the commands that worked before again, for example `p.degree(a[1].variable())`

, it yields the same error. How can I solve this?