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# What is a clear explanation of algebra 1 order of operations?

My algebra skills need a boost.

 +1 vote! +7 you voted Answer by  esteban (1334) We first look for any grouping symbols, like parentheses or brackets. If there are any present, you start from the innermost grouping symbols. We clear all exponents and roots, then we multiply and divide from left to right. Then we add and subtract from left to right. IF there aren't any grouping symbols, you still follow that same order.

 +1 vote! +4 you voted Answer by  parnell257 (109) Most often, students use the memonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. This saying (PEMDAS) is used to remember the correct order of operations. It stands for Parentheses, Exponential, (Multiplication, Division) and (Addition and Subtraction). Each equation is scanned four times, doing the math. Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.

 +1 vote! +4 you voted Answer by  amswplusone (652) "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. " Go through the problem and solve everything in Parentheses first (meaning inside every parenthesis pair you should just have a single number. Then do all exponents, then Multiplication/Division, then Addition/Subtraction. If you have parentheses in parentheses, do the innermost set and work outward. In parentheses, solve using the order like its own problem.

 +1 vote! +3 you voted Answer by  dank (114) First you are going to want to do anything in parenthesis. Next you want to do all multiplication and division going from left to right followed by adding/subtracting.