# How do you combine #6p - ( 1- 7p )#?

##### 2 Answers

Use the *distributive property* to *distribute* the negative sign. See explanation below.

#### Explanation:

In mathematics, there is a fundamental property that you should be aware of. This is known as the *distributive property*.

In the case of this question, we are asked to combine

Since we are asked to subtract two terms at once, this may seem a little difficult at first. But thanks to our friend the Distribute Property, we can distribute the negative sign in front of the parentheses--

--to the terms within the parentheses. If that sounded a little confusing, we just have to multiply

As you can see, all we had to do really was flip the signs of the two terms within the parentheses.

Next, we have to *combine like terms*. If you take a look at what we have so far, there are

Now, let's check to see if we are done. Since all of the like terms have been combined and no other operations can be completed without further information, we are finished.

I hope that helps!

#### Explanation:

Well we can start by distributing the negative to both

Now we can combine like terms. Here, both

Thus,

We cannot combine