12b+ -8b + + b How would you simplify this problem? The answer in the back of uour book says: 41/2b I wouls simplify it as:5b What is the correct answer?

rewite the expression as follows:

(12b) + (-8b) + (+b)

this makes each term in the expression more obvious.

now, factor the b out of each term as follows:

b(12-8+1) = b(5) = 5b

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