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

$\frac{5}{2}x-6$
RECALL The distributive property states that for any real numbers a, b, and c: $a(b-c) = ab -ac$ Use the distributive property by multiplying $\frac{1}{2}$ to each term of the binomial factor to obtain: $=\frac{1}{2}(5x)-\frac{1}{2}(12) \\=\frac{5}{2}x-6$