Kit Y.

asked • 02/03/13

how to simplify (a+5)-5

do I use -5 outside the parenthesis to multiply each value inside the parenthesis?

Lisa P.

(a+5)-5

distribute -5 to a and 5 in parenthesis.

-5a-25

 

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Adam B.

If the question reads: (a plus 5) minus 5 then the answer is simply a

Lisa is correct as long as the question reads:
(a plus 5) multiplied by negative 5

but that is generally written as -5(a+5)

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02/03/13

Adam B.

Oops I should have read the rest of the comments before posting

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Luke B. answered • 02/03/13

fun + learning = inevitable progress

Kevin S. answered • 02/03/13

Kit Y.

Kevin,

I think you're right. I feel bad now for doubting my son's answer was also an a as well. Thank you for the answer.

A doubtful mom

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