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4-104.

Compare the two expressions $| 11 - 5 |$ and $| 5 - 11 |$.

1. How would you simplify each of them?

First just subtract the numbers.

$\left| 6 \right|$

$\left| −6 \right|$

Now find the absolute values of the two numbers.

$6$

$6$

2. Explain why you get the same answer.

There can be various explanations.