# Math Help - Solving an equation with parentheses

1. ## Solving an equation with parentheses

Can anyone help me solve this problem please?

-2(2y+1)=6

2. Originally Posted by gedprep
Can anyone help me solve this problem please?

-2(2y+1)=6
$-2(2y+1)=6$

Distribute (multiply) -2 across the sum (2y+1)

$-4y-2=6$

Add 2 to both sides of the equation.

$-4y-2+2=6+2$

$-4y=8$

Finally, divide both sides by -4

$\frac{-4y}{-4}=\frac{8}{-4}$

$\boxed{y=-2}$