# How do you simplify -5c + 10 + 8c - 3?

Jun 18, 2017

$3 c + 7$

#### Explanation:

You need to collect like terms. Like terms are terms (things separated by $+$ or $-$ signs) that have the same variable raised to the same power.

For example, $4 x y$ and $- 2 x y$ are like terms. However, $3 {x}^{2}$ and $4 x$ are NOT like terms.

In this case, we have $- 5 c$ and $8 c$. Together, they make $3 c$.

Also, $10$ and $- 3$ makes $7$.

Therefore, the simplified form of this expression is $3 c + 7$