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## Homework Statement

Basically, I have to distribute this negative sign in this math expression:

- (-x^2 + 12x +24)

## Homework Equations

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## The Attempt at a Solution

I know from the rules that we get:

(x^2 - 12x - 24)

My question is why do we distribute the negative sign to begin with? I thought we treat everything in parenthesis in math as a whole unit. So why do we go in and distribute the negative sign to EACH term?

tym