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I need the steps of Distribute and Combine

beautiful-disab
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I need the steps of Distribute and Combine

I have the terms of how to solve the problems but I still don't know how to put it all together. Like -4-9(-2+x)-3x
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How can I understand how to solve this problem. I have the steps but don't know how to use them.
Here is the prob. -4-9(-2+x)-3x

On 10/8/2003 12:36:23 AM, beautiful wrote:
>How can I understand how to
>solve this problem. I have the
>steps but don't know how to
>use them.
>Here is the prob.
>-4-9(-2+x)-3x

You must follow rules on order of operations:
PEMDAS
Parentheses-exponents-multiplication|division-addition|subtraction

In the middle of your expression is -9*(-2+x), a parentheses, which using the distributive property of multiplication is equal to:

-9*-2 -9*x= 18-9x

Now put in the other terms in your expression:
-4+18-9x-3x

Now finish it off

TTFN,
Eden
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