-8(y+9)=-40

Divide each term in -8(y+9)=-40 by -8.

-8(y+9)-8=-40-8

Cancel the common factor of -8.

Cancel the common factor.

-8(y+9)-8=-40-8

Divide y+9 by 1.

y+9=-40-8

y+9=-40-8

Divide -40 by -8.

y+9=5

y+9=5

Subtract 9 from both sides of the equation.

y=5-9

Subtract 9 from 5.

y=-4

y=-4

Solve for y -8(y+9)=-40