Which of the following expressions is equal to $$5(15) - 5(8)$$?
Equal expressions have the same value when all of the operations are completed.
A. $$(15 - 5) - (8 - 5)$$ B. $$(15 - 5) + (8 - 5)$$ C. $$5(15 - 8)$$ D. $$5(15 + 8)$$
The correct answer is C. In the original expression, there are two terms: 5(15) and 5(8). Both terms have 5 as a factor, so we can factor out the 5, removing it from the terms. Then we write the numbers that are left as a subtraction inside parentheses.
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