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#### can anybody help me with inequality crap?

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Asked by Carlos from Snohomish, WA
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This space is more for specific questions, such as examples of problems similar to the ones you're working on. If you're wanting to actually meet with a tutor, there is a different spot on the site where you can post tutoring requests; or, you can do a search for tutors in your area by subject, and send them a message.

#### When I do use who and whom?

My teacher says I do it wrong but I dont know when to use the right one

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To add to the Joseph's answer, a little phrase that can be useful for remembering which to use is "Who did what to whom?"

#### 3{[5(c-5)+15]-[2(5c-3)+4]}

How do I simplify?

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Asked by Jeanna from Bremen, OH
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The main thing to keep in mind here is Order of Operations, also commonly referred to as "PEMDAS." The letters describe the order things should be done in: Parenthesis, Exponents, Multipication and Division, Addition and Subtraction. Within this rule, you work from left to right.

In the problem shown, you have 3 layers of parenthesis that make this thing look like a beast. It's not so scary once you start working on it, though. The key is to work from the inside, to the outside. That means we want to try simplifying the (c-5) and the (5c-3) first.

In this case, you can't really do anything with them, since you don't know what c is. So you move on to [5(c-5)+15] and [2(5c-3)+4]. Because a number or letter next to a parenthesis counts as multiplication, we'll do that first, so let's ignore the +15 and +4 for the moment. To work with 5(c-5) and 2(5c-3), you'll need to use the distributive property.

5(c-5) = 5c-25
2(5c-3) = 10c-6

Now the equation is 3{[5c-25+15]-[10c-6+4]}. The 5c and 10c still can't be added to anything, but we can work with the numbers that follow. The negative numbers can make things tricky, though. The best thing to do is to pretend you are adding a negative number, so the subtraction isn't lost. (You can change it back when you're done, if it makes more sense.)

[5c-25+15] = 5c+(-25)+15 = 5c+(-10) = 5c-10
[10c-6+4] = 10c+(-6)+4 = 10c+(-2) = 10c-2

Now we have 3{[5c-10]-[10c-2]}. Once again, there is sign-swapping involved. Whenever swapping signs, the key is to make sure you do it evenly. The reason this works is that if you are subtracting a negative, you are actually adding a positive. For example, 2-(-2) = 2+2.

[5c-10]-[10c-2] = [5c-10]+[-10c+2] = 5c-10c+(-10)+2 = -5c+(-8) = -5c-8

For the final piece, you'll be using the distributive property again. Also, keep in mind that a negative times a positive is always a negative. (On the other hand, positive times positive and negative times negative will both always be positive.)

3{-5c-8} = 3(-5c)+3(-8) = -15c+(-24) = -15c-24

So:

3{[5(c-5)+15]-[2(5c-3)+4]}
3{[5c-25+15]-[10c-6+4]}
3{[5c-10]-[10c-2]}
3{-5c-8}
-15c-24

Note: Sorry, I initially typed in that 3*8 = 28, when 3*8 = 24. I just noticed my typo.

#### -3(x + 6) =

I dont get it

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Asked by Samantha from Watertown, SD
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In math, when a number is sitting right next to parenthesis, it means that that number and whatever is in the parenthesis are being multiplied (same for a letter sitting next to anything, and for parenthesis sitting next to other parathesis).

To multiply by terms inside of parenthesis like this, you use the Distributive Property. The Distributive Property allows you so say that -3(x + 6) is that same as -3*x + -3*6.

(At this point, Order of Operations states that all multiplication should be done before any addition.)

From there, -3*x becomes -3x (since that still means the -3 and the x re being multiplied). You can also turn -3*6 into -18 (a negative times a positive is always negative).

Now you have -3x + -18. Because the -3 has the x, and the -18 doesn't, they can't be added together unless you already know the value of x. Since you don't, your answer is -3x + -18.

In short:

-3(x + 6)  =  -3*x + -3*6  =  -3x + -18

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