You’ve probably heard that with math equations and expressions, if you do not use the order of operations you might get the incorrect answer.

Do you scratch your head and wonder **what are the “Order of Operations”** ?

An “operation” in math is a mathematical process.

- The most common operations are: multiply, divide, add, and subtract.
- But, there are others such as: exponents (i.e. powers, square roots), etc.

**Why is the Order of Operations in math important?**

To do many things in life … you have to do things in a certain order to get them done correctly.

For example:

Likewise in mathematics, you have to do the math operations in the correct order to get the right answer.

For example:

So, **what is the correct way of doing the math operations?**

The correct way is:

YIKES!!!! Is there an easy way to remember this?

Sure – think PEMDAS or “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”.

For more information and examples see this.

For a **free** Order of Operations poster go here.

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