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10-124.

Lacey and Haley are simplifying expressions.

Haley simplified

and gets^{.}Lacey simplifiedand got the same result! However, their teacher told them that only one simplification is correct. Who simplified correctly and how do you know?Haley is correct because you cannot add unlike terms.

Haley simplifies

and gets the result , but Lacey is not sure. Is Haley correct? Be sure to justify your answer. What does

mean?