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2-45.

When writing an expression for part (a) of problem 2-44, Ricardo wrote 2x − 3 − (x + 1) while Francine wrote − 3 + 2x − (x + 1). Francine states that their expressions are equivalent. Is Francine’s conclusion true or false? Use algebraic properties to justify your conclusion. Homework Help ✎

Francine's conclusion is true because of the Commutative Property of Addition.