# How do you simplify #1/4(12x - 8)#?

##### 1 Answer

May 2, 2016

Divide each term in the bracket by 4:

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#### Explanation:

Multiplying by

To find a quarter of the bracket, divide each coefficient by 4.

You will get two unlike terms so you will not be able to simplify them.

This is the reason why you cannot simplify inside the original bracket either.