# What is the first step in simplifying the expression (2-3times4+5)^2?

Jan 2, 2017

The first step in simplifying this expression is to evaluate the terms within the parenthesis - starting with the multiplication and following the rules for operations in math.

#### Explanation:

${\left(2 - \left(3 \times 4\right) + 5\right)}^{2} = {\left(2 - 12 + 5\right)}^{2} =$

${\left(\left(2 - 12\right) + 5\right)}^{2} = {\left(- 10 + 5\right)}^{2} = {\left(- 5\right)}^{2} = 25$