# How do you combine the like terms to make a simpler expression: -4p+(-2)+2p+3?

Apr 5, 2018

$- 2 p + 1$

#### Explanation:

$- 4 p + \left(- 2\right) + 2 p + 3$

Adding a negative number is the same thing as the negative number itself, so:
$- 4 p - 2 + 2 p + 3$

Now you combine like terms:
$- 4 p + 2 p = - 2 p$
$- 2 + 3 = 1$

And when you put them together you get:
$- 2 p + 1$