# DQ2 - Why is it important that you follow the steps rather...

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What are the steps of the order of operations? The steps in the order of operations are PEMDAS which means: Parentheses – doing everything in () first Exponents or (radicals) – are done after the () Multiplication (and division) – in the order the operation occur Addition (and subtraction) – in the order the operation occur. For example: (2+3) x (6-2) =? (2+3) x (6-2) = 5 x 4 = 20

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Unformatted text preview: Why is it important that you follow the steps rather than solve the problem from left to right? If we do not follow the rule and try to solve from left to right, we’ll end up the wrong answer. For example: Left to right 3(3 - 2) + 8 9 – 2 + 8 7 – 2 + 8 5 + 8 =13 Order of operation: 3(3 - 2) +8 3(1) + 8 3 + 8 =11 I hope I got this right....
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