# How do you simplify #\frac { - 4( - 9) } { 7- ( - 5) }#?

##### 3 Answers

#### Explanation:

Simplify

1) Clear the top parentheses by distributing the

2) Clear the bottom parentheses by distributing the minus sign

(Note: The

3) Add the numbers in the denominator

4) Reduce to lowest terms

Please look below.

#### Explanation:

First multiply

Then subtract

Finally simply fraction:

#### Explanation:

When dealing with multiple plus and minus signs in addition or subtraction, it is important to remember that two of the the same sign will always be addition and two different signs will always be subtraction.

When multiplying or dividing negative and positive numbers, remember that two positives or two negatives make a positive number while one positive and one negative make a negative number.