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Problem

Maria has two plots of land in her yard that she plans to use to make a garden. The first one is a square with side length 2, space, m. The second one is a square with side length 2, point, 5, space, m.
What is the total area for the new garden?
The total area is
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
m, start superscript, 2, end superscript.