# How do you simplify \frac { 5( 1- 4) } { 1- 8}?

##### 2 Answers
Oct 17, 2017

The answer is $\frac{15}{7}$.

#### Explanation:

Simplify within parentheses.

$5 \frac{- 3}{1 - 8}$

Simplify the denominator.

$\frac{5 \left(- 3\right)}{-} 7$

Simplify the numerator.

$- \frac{15}{-} 7$

Cancel divide the fraction by $- 1$.

The answer is $\frac{15}{7}$.

Oct 17, 2017

Simplification.

#### Explanation:

You can subtract $4$ from $1$ to get $- 3$

$\frac{5 \left(- 3\right)}{1 - 8}$

Then you can subtract $8$ from $1$ to get $- 7$

$\frac{5 \left(- 3\right)}{-} 7$

Then multiply $5$ and $- 3$ to get $- 15$

$\frac{- 15}{-} 7$

since both the numerator and the denominator have a negative sign, we can cancel it out

$\frac{15}{7}$

There's your fractional answer. if you need a decimal answer just do some long division, and your answer should be $2. \overline{142857}$.