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

##### 1 Answer

May 8, 2018

#### Explanation:

Step one would be to distribute

This makes your expression looks like this:

You can simplify this pretty easily, as

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

which would make it look like this...

...and then multiply to get