# How do you combine like terms in (5x + 3) - ( 2x - 7)?

Sep 13, 2016

$3 x + 10$

#### Explanation:

Remove the brackets first to have separate terms. Be careful with a negative sign in front of a bracket because the signs will change.

$5 x + 3 - \left(2 x - 7\right)$

=$5 x + 3 - 2 x + 7 \text{ } \leftarrow$ add like terms together

=$3 x + 10$