# Chapter 1 - Foundations for Algebra - 1-5 Adding and Subtracting Real Numbers - Mixed Review - Page 36: 77

Yes, the expressions are equivalent.

#### Work Step by Step

We start with the first expression: $(6+b)+a$ The associative property of addition states that changing the grouping of the addends does not affect the sum. We use this property to change the grouping of the addends: $6+(b+a)$ The commutative property of addition states that changing the order of the addends does not affect the sum. We use this property to change the order of the addends: $6+(a+b)$ Since this expression is the same as the second expression, the expressions are equivalent.

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