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

Feb 1, 2017

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:

$16 - 5 - 3 - \left(- 2\right)$

$16 - 5 - 3 + 2$

Now, add and subtract the terms:

$11 - 3 + 2$

$8 + 2$

$10$