How do you simplify #(-4)^2 + (-5 -3) - (-8) / 4#?

1 Answer
Feb 1, 2017

Answer:

See the entire simplification process below

Explanation:

First, expand the terms in parenthesis and divide the fraction. Be careful to manage the signs of the terms correctly:

#16 - 5 - 3 - (-2)#

#16 - 5 - 3 + 2#

Now, add and subtract the terms:

#11 - 3 + 2#

#8 + 2#

#10#