Order of Operations

The order of operations is a set of rules used to determine the sequence in which mathematical operations should be performed in an expression or equation. Following the correct order of operations ensures that mathematical expressions are evaluated consistently and accurately. The order of operations is often remembered using the acronym PEMDAS, which stands for:

1. Parentheses:

Example: Solve (3 + 2) * 4.

2. Exponents (Elevations):

     Example: Solve 2² + 3.

3. Multiplication and Division (left to right):

     Example: Solve 8 ÷ 2 * 4.

4. Addition and Subtraction (left to right):

     Example: Solve 6 - 2 + 3.

Practice and Application:

The order of operations is a fundamental concept in mathematics that ensures consistent and accurate mathematical calculations. By following these rules, you can confidently evaluate expressions and equations without ambiguity.