## Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

$5y-17$
Distribute the $3$ to obtain: $=12y-15-(7y+2)$ Distribute the negative to obtain: $=12y-15 -7y-2$ Combine like terms to obtain: $=(12y-7y) +(-15-2) \\=(12-7)y+(-17) \\=5y - 17$