## Algebra: A Combined Approach (4th Edition)

$-\frac{7}{5}$
Substitute -5 for x and -3 for y in the expression, and solve the numerator and denominator separately before simplifying the fraction. $\frac{(-3)^{2} - (-5)}{2(-5)} = \frac{9 - (-5)}{2(-5)} = \frac{9 - (-5)}{-10} = \frac{14}{-10} = -\frac{7}{5}$