Order Of Operations Problem Solving

First simplify multiplication and division in the order they appear.There is no division, all we need to do is distribute 8 into (x 1).He or she would add two and five to get seven, then multiply seven by x to get a final answer of 7x.

The order of operations tells you which parts of a long expression to calculate first to get the right answer.

This standard is critical to simplifying and solving different algebra problems.

Without it, two different people may interpret an equation or expression in different ways and come up with different answers. Without the Order of Operations one might decide to simplify the problem working left to right.

Below is the first expression that we will be simplifying: As we walk through the steps to simplifying this expression, use the Order of Operations reference in the right column of this page.

The first step in the Order of Operations is to simplify parentheses and brackets from the inside out.

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