# How do you solve 2(b+2)-(5+b)=-5?

Apr 6, 2017

$b = - 4$

#### Explanation:

distribute $2$ and multiply everything in the second parentheses by $- 1$:

$2 b + 4 - 5 - b = - 5$

combine like terms:

$b - 1 = - 5$

add $1$:

$b = - 4$