Rule 21: Order of Operations
Expressions in parenthesis are treated as one
number and must be calculate first.
Example: Calculate .
Answer: The answer is 16.

Solution:
 Since there parenthesis in the problem. Work from
left to right. The parenthesis
contains multiplication and addition. Complete the multiplication
first. can be modified to
.
The problem can now be written .
The remaining parenthesis
contains multiplication and addition. Complete the multiplication
first. can be modified to
.
The problem can now be written as
which in turn can be simplified to .
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Example.
Work the following problems and click on Answer to check your results.
 Problem 1:
Calculate .
Answer
 Problem 2:
Calculate .
Answer
 Problem 3:
Calculate .
Answer
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[Factoring Integers]
[Reducing Fractions]
[Multiplication]
[Division]
[Building Fractions]
[Addition]
[Subtraction]
[Order of Operation]
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