# Thread: Need help with step by step simplification

1. ## Need help with step by step simplification

Hey, I'm new on this forum.

Just started a college math course this semester and I realized I was VERY rusty since I havent done math in the last 4 years.

Working on what should be ''easy'' problems before the real thing starts and I seem to be stuck on that. If any of you could help me out with a step by step simplification.

4+3(5x-(x-3)

I'm probably only missing a small thing and can't get the the correct answer which should be 12x-5.

2. ## Re: Need help with step by step simplification

Woops sorry for double post

3. ## Re: Need help with step by step simplification

I would like to remind you of BEDMAS which list the importance of in order of operations BracketsExponentsDivisionMultiplicanAdditionSubtraction. However Multiplication/Division and Addition/Subtraction are interchangeable in BEDMAS, meaning that you can do division first or multiplication.

$\displaystyle 4+3(5x-(x-3))$ first we do what is in the brackets, expand out -(x-3) by multiplying each term by -1.
$\displaystyle =4+3(5x-x+3)$ collect like terms inside the brakcets
$\displaystyle =4+3(4x+3))$ Do the multiplication, 3(4x+3) by multiplying 3 by each term.
$\displaystyle =4+12x+9$ Collect like terms
$\displaystyle =12x+13$