Arlene is showing her work in simplifying −7.9 + 8.2 − 3.4 + 2.1. Identify any errors in her work or in her reasoning. Write feedback to Arlene explaining the mistake she made and how to correct her work.
Step Work Reasoning
−7.9 + 8.2 − 3.4 + 2.1 Original problem
1 −7.9 + 8.2 + (−3.4) + 2.1 Additive inverse
2 −7.9 + (−3.4) + 8.2 + 2.1 Associative property
3 (−7.9 + (−3.4)) + (8.2 + 2.1) Commutative property
4 −11.3 + 10.3 Simplify
5 −1 Simplify

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