# How do you simplify #5x - (3x^2 + 9x)#?

##### 1 Answer

Feb 13, 2016

#### Explanation:

The first step to simplify this equation is to distribute the negative across the parentheses like so:

Rearrange the expression so the like terms (same exponent) are next to each other and simplify by adding or subtracting like terms.

Because polynomial expressions usually have the variable with the highest exponent first, rearrange it.