If you are trying to solve the problem 6+3×4 where do you start?

Fortunately the rules for the order of operations have been around for hundreds of years to help eliminate the guesswork. A very common method to remember the correct order of operations is PEMDAS, which most people remember by using the expression:

**“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally”**

P = Parentheses

E= Exponents

M= Multiplication

D= Division

A= Addition

S=Subtraction

Always work **Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction from Left to Right**

**PEMDAS**, stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.

- Parentheses: Parentheses are used to group mathematical expressions together. The expression inside the parentheses is evaluated first.

- Exponents: Exponents are used to indicate how many times a number is multiplied by itself. The exponent is evaluated next.

- Multiplication and Division: Multiplication and division are performed from left to right.

- Addition and Subtraction: Addition and subtraction are performed from left to right.

For example, the expression “2 + 3 * 4” would be evaluated as “2 + 12” = 14. First, the multiplication is performed (3 * 4 = 12), and then the addition is performed.

**PEMDAS** is important because it ensures that mathematical expressions are evaluated correctly. Without PEMDAS, the expression “2 + 3 * 4” could be evaluated as “(2 + 3) * 4” = 20, which is incorrect.

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