# How do you simplify #x(5-3)-10x+6-8-:2#?

##### 3 Answers

Break the problem into two stages:

See also **alternate Interpretation** below first answer

#### Explanation:

**Simplifying the quotient**

Given

Using the order of operation (e.g. PEDMAS)

**Divide the simplified quotient by #2#**

**Alternate Interpretation**

I assumed that the division (using the

Technically this should not be true.

Applying strict PEDMAS to the entire expression would give:

#### Explanation:

#### Explanation:

Count the number of terms first and the simplify each term separately. Combine any like terms in the last step: