this is an algebra equation. i have to make a table

I'm guessing you have to make a table of x and y values, and one of your x values is 1, that is why it is in parenthesis?

Any time you have fractions and whole numbesr turn the whole numbers into fractions by putting a 1 under them. And remember that whenever you have a number next to a number in parenthesis it means multiply.

3 x 1 - 3

2 1 1

Multiplication comes before subtraction

3 x 1 = 3

2 1 2

Now subtract

3 - 3 = ? You have to have common denominators to add or sub

2 1

3 - 3 (2) = 3 - 6 = **
-3**

2 1 (2) 2 **2**