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\(5[3-(7-8)]\) simplifies to 20

An equation must have an equal sign, which \(5[3-(7-8)]\) lacks, so \(5[3-(7-8)]\) is an expressionâ€”not an equation.

Let's evaluate this expression step by step:

\(5[3-(7-8)]\) | This is the original expression. First, simplify what is in the inner parentheses. |

\(5[3-(-1)]\) | Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding a positive |

\(5[3+1]\) | Simplify 3+1 |

\(5[4]\) | Brackets are another way to represent parentheses. A number without an operation directly beside parentheses is always multiplication |

\(5*4\) | Simplify 5*4 |

\(20\) | |

TheXSquaredFactor
May 24, 2017