##### the question is -3(5a 2)

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when multiplying a negative if there is only one negative do you take the sign of the highest number or no?

Aug 30th, 2015

When you multiply 2 negative numbers it becomes a +ve. This is irrespective of the value. Can you please rewrite the question, is it: -3(5a-2) ???

Aug 30th, 2015

-3 (5a + 2)

ok thanks

Aug 30th, 2015

Got it, so it is:

-3(5a+2)

Hope it helps you my friend. Please revert if you have any future questions. Thank you.

Aug 30th, 2015

ok thanks for your help. so if im adding a positive and a negative do i take the sign of the higher number? or are the rules the same for adding and multiplying?

2(3+ 7x) -15

Aug 30th, 2015

So in this case you will have to use the BODMOS rule(Brackets, Order, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract), so in our case there is multiply first to remove brackets, so:

2(3+7x)-15

1. Multiply: 6+14x-15

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