### Removing Brackets Practice Question #### Question 2

Remove the brackets and simplify the following expression.  A. -3y + 1
B. -3x - 1
C. 3x - 1
D. 3x + 1

### Step by Step Solution

• #### Step 1

First, let's remove the brackets in -(5x -3). • #### Step 2

Multiply -1 and -3 together. You will get -5x. Note that "-" is the same as "-1" • #### Step 3

Now, multiply -1 and -3 together. You will get +3. • #### Step 4

Put back -5x +3 into the expression. Next, we remove the brackets in 2(4x -2). • #### Step 5

Now, multiply 2 and 4x together. You will get +8x. • #### Step 6

Now, multiply 2 and -2 together. You will get -4. • #### Step 7

Put back 8x -4 into the expression. The expression now becomes: Notice that this expression has like terms. Therefore, let's arrange the like terms together. The expression now becomes: • #### Step 8

Now, simplify the expression by adding +3 and -4. You will get -1. • #### Step 9

Now, simplify the expression by adding +8x and -5x. You will get 3x. • #### Step 10

The expression becomes 3x-1. There is no more like terms, therefore this is the simplest expression. Clearly, the answer is C. 