How do you rewrite this equation (w+5)+(-4) using the associative property

How do you simplify this equation (w+5)+(-4)

How do you rewrite this equation (w+5)+(-4) using the associative property

How do you simplify this equation (w+5)+(-4)

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The associative property just means "to group." When adding with a variable, you can group terms together and rearrange them without changing the final sum of the equation. (It's the same as saying 2+3+5=10. 2+3+5=10, 3+5+2=10, 5+2+3=10, etc.)

So, (w+5)+(-4) can be rewritten as 4-(w+5), (-4)+(w+5), (w+5)-4, or **(w-4)+5**. When you combine like-terms, this simplifies to
**w+1.**

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