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Order of operations is a set of rules. It tells you the order in which to compute so that youll get the same answer that anyone else would get.

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Compute x 3 ÷ 6 = If you work in order from left to right, youd do this first x 3 ÷ 6 = x 3 ÷ ÷ 6 = 5 But, if you knew about order of operations, youd do this x 3 ÷ ÷ = 8

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If you work in order from left to right, youd do this first x 3 ÷ 6 = x 3 ÷ ÷ 6 = 5 But, if you knew about order of operations, youd do this x 3 ÷ ÷ = x 3 ÷ 6 really does equal 8. The order of operations makes sure that there is only one correct answer for this or any other computation.

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Click on the computer for an Order of Operation mini lesson

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Sometimes, when you write a problem, you dont want to follow the regular order of operations. You can use parentheses to say do this first.

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Each of 5 friends got a full box of snacks and an extra 6 snacks. Write an equation to show how many snacks are in all those boxes and all those extra snacks. (Each snack box has the same amount of snacks.) represents a snack box

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Each of 5 friends got a full box of snacks and an extra 6 snacks. Write an equation to show how many snacks are in all those boxes and all those extra snacks Even if you dont know how many snacks are in a box, you can write an expression to show how many. 5 x + 6

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Each of 5 friends got a full box of snacks and an extra 6 snacks. Write an equation to show how many snacks are in all those boxes and all those extra snacks 5 x + 6 The order of operations would tell you to multiply 5 by then add 6. But every friend has a sum of snacks ( + 6) and you want to multiply the sum by 5.

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The order of operations would tell you to multiply 5 by then add 6. But every friend has a sum of snacks ( + 6) and you want to multiply the sum b y 5. Use parentheses to group the sum: 5 x ( + 6). So, if = 4, you compute like this: 5 x (4 + 6) 105 x = 50

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To make sure that everyone finds the same answer when computing, we have rules called order of operations. 1. Compute inside the parentheses. 2. Calculate the exponents and roots. 3. Multiply or divide left to right. 4.Add or Subtract left to right.

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1. Compute inside the parentheses. 2. Calculate the exponents and roots. 3. Multiply or divide left to right. 4. Add or Subtract left to right. This silly sentence may help you remember: Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.

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5 friends have collected 300 cans. They take them to the store that pays 6¢ each for aluminum cans. Fifteen of the cans are not aluminum. If they share the money equally, how much does each friend get? Set up the equation 300 cans, 15 of them worthless Each aluminum can is worth 6¢6 x (300 – 15) Five friends share equally6 x (300 – 15) ÷ 5

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Follow the Order of Operations 1. Compute inside parentheses6 x (285) ÷ 5 2. Do the exponents or rootsno exponents or roots 3. Multiply or divide left to right 1710 ÷ 5 = 342 Each friend will get 342¢ or $3.42 for the cans. 6 x (285) = 1710

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4 x (53 – 18) ÷ 5 = Remember : Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally 1. Compute inside the parentheses 4 x (53 – 18) ÷ 5 = 354 x ÷ 5 =

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4 x (53 – 18) ÷ 5 = 2. Remember : Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally Do the exponents or roots 354 x ÷ 5 = no exponents or roots 3. Multiply or divide left to right 140 ÷ 5 = 28

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16 ÷ 4 + (4 – 3) x 4 Remember : Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally 16 ÷ 4 + (4 – 3) x ÷ 4 + x = 8

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