How do you simplify #2x - 5( x + 3) - 4- ( x - 2#)?
Distribute the brackets then collect like terms.
Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract
Though there are parenthesis, there aren't any like terms within the sets of parenthesis, so you move onto the next step which is multiplication
Ok, so distribute the -5 to each term in the first set of parenthesis
Now the problem look like:
Distribute the -, which is a -1, throughout each term in the second set of parenthesis
Now the problem looks like:
To combine like terms, rearrange the problem so that all the terms with an
When you do this, don't forget to bring the sign along with the term
Now, it is easier to see what needs combined
Next in the order of operations is add. S perform any addition within the problem
All that is left is subtraction, so combine all the like terms