How do you simplify #4x – 2(x + 4)#?

1 Answer
Mar 11, 2018

Answer:

#2x-8#

Explanation:

Our first objective should be to distribute the #2# to the terms inside the parenthesis. This is just multiplying the #2# by the terms in the parenthesis. We get:

#4x-2x-8#

We now combine like terms to get:

#2x-8#

Whenever we have problems like these, we distribute first and then combine our like terms.