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Order of Operations

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  1. Order of Operations

  2. What’s Wrong? • Look at both of the problems. • Notice the difference in the way they are solved.

  3. What’s Wrong • The only difference in the way these problems were done is the order the operations were performed. • The one on the left is correct.

  4. Multiplication and Division • Multiplication and division are always done left to right. • Remember multiplication is commutative and associative, but division is not. • You can do problems that only contain multiplication in any order, but if division is in the problem, then the order is important.

  5. Examples: Pause the player Try these three problems on paper Write out all steps Start the player to see the correct answers.

  6. Answers

  7. Addition and Subtraction • Addition and subtraction work the same way. • Subtraction isn’t commutative. • Remember to think “add the opposite” when subtracting, but do it left to right.

  8. Example: Try this on paper with the player paused. Then play to see the result

  9. Answer

  10. MD before AS • Multiplication and division are always done before addition and subtraction. • Write each step out completely under the previous step. • 3(5)+122 - 2(7) • 15+122 - 2(7) • 15+ 6 - 2(7) • 15+ 6 - 14 • 21 - 14 • 7

  11. Try these. • Pause the player • Work these on paper, then play to see the answers.

  12. MD before AS • Multiplication before subtraction. • Note: Write the new problem after multiplying.

  13. Mistakes • There is a mistake in each of the following problems. • Discover what was done incorrectly. • -20 is correct. • 2 ¼ is correct. • 17 is correct.

  14. E before MD before AS • Exponents are done before multiplication and division. • Note in the examples, the exponents are done and the rest of the problem is written down. • If you scratch to the side and skip writing all steps, you will make mistakes. • A root is an exponent and also done before multiplication, division, addition or subtraction.

  15. E before MD before AS • Pause the player. • Try these problems on paper, then play to see the answers.

  16. Answers

  17. P then E then MD then AS • The first thing always done is parenthesis or other grouping symbols. • If there are nested grouping symbols, work from the inside out.

  18. P then E then MD then AS • Work the inside parenthesis first. • The next set of parenthesis has two operations inside. • Always do multiplication before addition. • Finish the inside of the second parenthesis. • Multiply before adding.

  19. More parenthesis • Absolute value, division bar and root symbols also act like parenthesis.

  20. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. • To remember the order of operations use the mnemonic devise Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally. • The symbol  means + and minus. Both answers are used. , ,