# How do you simplify #1/2[6-4^2]#?

##### 1 Answer

Jul 3, 2016

#### Explanation:

The first step is always to count the number of terms.

There must be a final answer for each term before they can be added or subtracted.

This is only one term, but there are 2 terms inside the parentheses.

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Or using the distributive law, we can get two terms at the beginning: