# How do you simplify: -3(4x - 2) - 2x?

Apr 12, 2017

See the entire solution process below:

#### Explanation:

First, expand the term in parenthesis by multiplying each term within the parenthesis by the term outside the parenthesis:

$\textcolor{red}{- 3} \left(4 x - 2\right) - 2 x \to \left(\textcolor{red}{- 3} \times 4 x\right) - \left(\textcolor{red}{- 3} \times 2\right) - 2 x \to$

$- 12 x - \left(- 6\right) - 2 x \to - 12 x + 6 - 2 x$

Now, group and combine like terms:

$- 12 x + 6 - 2 x \to - 12 x - 2 x + 6 \to \left(- 12 - 2\right) x + 6 \to$

$- 14 x + 6$