# How do you factor 2x-10x?

Apr 28, 2016

$2 x \left(1 - 5\right)$

However, technically you would not factor this expression you would simplify it by combining like terms.

$2 x - 10 x = - 8 x$

#### Explanation:

In order to to factor $2 x - 10 x$ we would begin by finding the greatest common factor (GCF) of each term. In this case the common factor would be $2 x$

$\left(2 x\right) \left(1\right) = 2 x$
$\left(2 x\right) \left(5\right) = 10 x$

By pulling out the $2 x$ we are left with the expression

$2 x \left(1 - 4\right)$

However, technically you would not factor this expression you would simplify it by combining like terms.

$2 x - 10 x = - 8 x$