# How do you simplify (12x+20) - (10x+2)?

Jul 5, 2016

2x + 18

#### Explanation:

The first step is to remove the brackets.

hence : 12x + 20 -10x - 2

now collect 'like terms'

$\textcolor{red}{12 x - 10 x} + \textcolor{b l u e}{20 - 2} = 2 x + 18$

Jul 5, 2016

$2 x + 18$

#### Explanation:

Remove the brackets first. Remember that the negative sign will change the signs in the second bracket.

$12 x + 20 - 10 x - 2 \text{ collect like terms}$

$2 x + 18$