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**Euclid Alexandria** The reason I became confused is, in simplifying equations like

$\displaystyle 12 = 11(-4) - 14(-4)$

I thought we were supposed to treat the negative sign in the middle as a subtraction sign. I thought we were to solve the two multiplication problems first, then subtract. I could swear I've seen situations that were similar enough in that vein, to confuse me about *this* situation. If that's the case, I need to learn to tell the difference.

Thankfully, at least the variable was correct this time, so I'm improving.