Order of Operations

Pre-Algebra Tutorial

Order of Operations

Intro

When solving an algebraic problem there are certain steps that must be followed. These steps are known as the order of operations. They create the acronym PEMDAS, which stands for Parenthesis Exponents Multiply/Divide Add/Subtract. They must be solved in this order to get the correct answer

Sample Problem

(8-2)+3(4^2)=x

Solution

We start be solving in the parenthesis
(6)+3(16)
Since the exponent was in the parenthesis by itself we can move on to Multiplication
6+48
And Finally we add to get x
x=54
That’s how to solve a problem using the order of operations



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