What Are the Order of Operations?
When solving any math problem, it is crucial that we perform the operations in the right order. If we do not perform the operation in the right order, we may end up with the wrong answer. Where there can be many ways to approach a mathematical problem, there can be only one right way to get the right answer. To help solve the problem in the right order, we have the order of operation. The basic idea of order of operation is to determine the right order and set the precedence of one operation over another.
The order of operations is typically known as the PEMDAS, which stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. The steps we use to solve the problem by using PEMDAS are as follows:
1. First, we solve for all the parentheses that are given in the problem. This means all types of grouping, including brackets, braces, and parentheses.
2. Next, we solve for the exponents given in the problem.
3. Then, we simplify for multiplication and division from left to right. Note that multiplication and division are given equal precedence, so we solve the problem from left to right.
Lastly, we simplify the addition and subtraction. Again, addition and subtraction are given equal precedence, and to solve them, we solve for the operations from left to right.