To solve this, we simply need to remember our rules about order of operations. They tell us that first, we should distribute the 2 with the rest of the parentheses. 5-2(x-3) 5-2x+6 Next, we should combine our like-terms. 5-2x+6 11-2x Seeing as we do not know the value of the variable, the simplest form of the expression is 11-2x.
Simplify. 5 - 2(x - 3)