# How do you simplify #2 - 5(3t - 4)#?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 19, 2015

#### Explanation:

the 5 multiplies everything inside the brackets so you have:

But that is not the end of it! You have a minus in front of the bracket.

This is the same as multiplying everything inside the brackets by (-1).

By the way, another way of looking at ' plus ' is as 'put with'; and at subtract as 'remove from':

Now we have :

Just think about the

We have:

Negative times negative give you a positive so we have

so

regrouping gives