# How do you simplify  (16 - 13x) + (10x - 11)?

Mar 12, 2017

$5 - 3 x$

#### Explanation:

The first parenthesis does not really do anything, it is as if we are multiplying that expression by "$1$." And because there is a $+$ sign on the outside of the second parenthesis, we may also "remove" the parenthesis without affecting our final result.

$\left(16 - 13 x\right) + \left(10 x - 11\right) = 16 - 13 x + 10 x - 11$

Putting the like terms together,
$= 16 - 11 - 13 x + 10 x = 5 - 3 x$.