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5-32.

Compare the two equations below.

1. $(x+2)(x-1)=0$

1. $(x+2)+(x-1)=0$

1. ​How are the equations similar? How are they different?

$(x+\enclose{circle}{\:2)(x\:}-1)=0$ and $(x+\enclose{circle}{\ 2)+(x\ }-1)=0$

They are similar in that both are expressions equal to $0$.
They are different in that the first equation is a product while the second is a sum.

2. Solve both equations.

For the first equation, set each factor equal to zero and solve.

For the second equation, start by combining like terms.