How do you simplify 15-10(x-4)-(3x+3)?

15-10(x-4)-(3x+3)

my answer was:

15-10(x-4)-(3x+3)

= **15x***-60***-10x***+40***-3x***-3*

= 2x-23

But the answer on the back of the book said it's -13x+52

I'm confused-.-

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Thanks for showing your work above. The mistake that you make is that you included an x on the 15.

The problem starts: 15-10(x-4)-(3x+3)

You do a great job distributing the -10 and negative. The 15 just doesn't get an x.

15 - 10x + 40 - 3x - 3

(-10x - 3x) + (15 + 40 - 3)

Combing like terms: **-13x + 52**

It looks like you understand the concept of distributing and combining like terms very well. I know when answers don't match the back of the book, it can be very frustrating. Keep up the hard work/effort and I think you'll notice these types of mistakes diminishing.

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