Posted by **Laruen** on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:46pm.

Simplifying Algebraic Expression

Using the Distributive Property & Combining Like Terms

Simplify:

-3 (2+3x) + x - 5

-3(2) + -3 (3x) + x - 5

Answer - 6 + -3(3x) + x - 5

Is the answer is correct??? I'm getting a bit confused and struggling a lot in this problem. Please help me!

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:50pm
Your answer isn't simplified.

-3 (2+3x) + x - 5

-6 - 9x + x - 5

-8x - 11

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**Brooke**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:50pm
This is wrong. You were suppose to use the distributive property. Here, let me show you:

-3(2+3x)+x-5

= -6+-9x+ x-5

Then, you combine like-terms:

-6-5= -11

and then -9x+x= -8x

Thus, your answer should be -11-8x.

Hope I helped you a little bit.

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**Joey**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 7:52pm
No. You didn't simplify.

-3 (2 + 3x) + x - 5

-6 -9x + x -5

Combine like terms, then you are done.

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**Laruen**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:05pm
Joey is right you suppose to do the combine like terms at the end, but you simplify thought.

Thank You Ms. Sue.

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:10pm
Brooke and I also gave you the correct answer.

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**Laruen**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:20pm
Right.

Thank you!!! :)

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, October 15, 2012 at 8:21pm
You're very welcome.

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