# How do you simplify  [-5(8)] - 12?

Jan 16, 2017

See the entire simplification process below:

#### Explanation:

First, multiply the terms in brackets []:

$\left[- 5 \left(8\right)\right] - 12 = - 40 - 12$

Now, "add" the two negative terms:

\$-40 - 12 = -52#