# How do you simplify  -5(8 - 12) ?

May 8, 2018

$20$

#### Explanation:

Step one would be to distribute $- 5$ to $8$ and $- 12$.

$- 5 \left(8\right) = - 40$
$- 5 \left(- 12\right) = 60$

This makes your expression looks like this:

$- 40 + 60$

You can simplify this pretty easily, as $- 40 + 60$ is the same thing as $60 - 40$, which is $20$.

Another, possibly easier, way to do it would be to use the order of operations and do the expression inside the parentheses first,

$8 - 12 = - 4$

which would make it look like this...

$- 5 \left(- 4\right)$

...and then multiply to get $20$.