# please help!!!!!

#### wheels87

##### New member
solve 1-(-9) (-2)-(-2)

#### Gene

##### Senior Member
1-((-9)*(-2))-(-2) =
1-(18)+2

#### Denis

##### Senior Member
Hey wheels old buddy...where d'**** you been?
I see you haven't been mastering - signs!

#### stapel

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
wheels87 said:
solve 1-(-9) (-2)-(-2)
You say "solve", which requires a variable and an "equals" sign. Is the expression a typo? Or is "solve" a typo?

Please reply with corrections. Thank you.

Eliz.

#### wheels87

##### New member
How do you get the answer to: 1-(-9)

#### stapel

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
Do you mean "how does one simplify this expression?" If so, you multiply the -1 by the -9, and then add the result to the initial 1:

. . . . .1 - (-9) = 1 - 1(-9)

. . . . . . .= 1 + (-1)(-9)

. . . . . . .= 1 + (+9)

. . . . . . .= 1 + 9

...and so forth.

Eliz.

#### Gene

##### Senior Member
If your question to Eliz is part of the original question, you don't.
1-(-9) (-2)-(-2) is
1-[-9*-2]-(-2)
If you are changing your question into two separate simplifications, you could let us know!