i need help on combining like terns, can you help me?

Hi Kaitlyn,

If you are wanting to work out -(8+5k) I will include the steps.

So you have to factor in the negative (-). You do this by treating the (-) as a (-1).

So first multiply (-1) with the first number within the parentheses (x).

(-1) X 8 = -8

Then multiply (-1) with the following number (5k).

(-1) X 5k= -5k

Finally combine your two parts to form -8-5k.

Since -8 and -5k do not share the same variable you cannot combine them any further.

Thus, your final answer is -8-5k.

I hope this helps!

Emily