Basically, I have to distribute this negative sign in this math expression:
- (-x^2 + 12x +24)
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?