# How do you simplify 1/2(x-5)?

Jun 20, 2018

You don't. You can transform it somehow, but it is simplified.

#### Explanation:

You can distribute $\frac{1}{2}$ so that this becomes $\frac{x}{2} - \frac{5}{2}$ or just write it as $\frac{x - 5}{2}$, but it's all the same.

Jun 21, 2018

$\frac{1}{2} x - \frac{5}{2}$

#### Explanation:

Given: $\frac{1}{2} \left(x - 5\right)$.

I'm assuming that you're trying to expand the expression, as it cannot be simplified further!

So, we use the distributive property, which states that $a \left(b + c\right) = a b + a c$.

$= \frac{1}{2} x - \frac{1}{2} \cdot 5$

$= \frac{1}{2} x - \frac{5}{2}$