# Why do we multiply before adding?

## Why do we multiply before adding?

Students should have answered something in their own words that gets across the concept: Multiplication and division are done before addition and subtraction in order to convert groups of items into subtotals of like items that can be combined for the total.

**Do you only use Pemdas when there are parentheses?**

Without parentheses, PEMDAS rules imply that you must do division first. With parentheses, the 3x now becomes a group. Multiplication technically must occur before division (but you can still do algebraic simplifications, like cancelling a common factor).

**How do you use Pemdas correctly?**

Yes, PEMDAS means parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Multiplication and division go together, so you do whichever one comes first. Same goes to addition and subtraction. A way to remember the order is Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.

### Can you use parentheses in MLA?

Yes, pages 71-72 of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers indicates that parentheses are fine to use in an MLA paper.

**Are parenthesis informal?**

Parenthesis ( ) Of the three, parentheses are the most commonly used punctuation in formal and informal writing. Parentheses are most commonly used to enclose an explanation or afterthought which relates to the main message of the sentence.

**Is Pemdas still taught?**

Most humans follow the PEMDAS rule. Because they have been taught so. There is also the BEDMAS rule in which the division comes before multiplication. In that case the result would be x^2/3.

## Where do parentheses go in a sentence?

Punctuation with parentheses is very similar to punctuation with quotation marks. If the information in the parentheses is a separate, complete sentence, the period at the end of the sentence goes inside the parentheses. We spent two hours at the zoo. (Most of us could have spent two hours watching the otters.)

**What order do you solve equations?**

In mathematics, the order of operations define the priority in which complex equations are solved. The top priority is your parenthesis, then exponents, followed by multiplication and division, and finally addition and subtraction (PEMDAS).

**How do you solve a Pemdas problem?**

- Step 1: Identify Parenthesis. The first step in PEMDAS is P=parenthesis.
- Step 2: Solve Parenthesis. Solve the parenthesis you previously underlined.
- Step 3: Rewrite Equation.
- Step 4: Identify Exponents.
- Step 5: Solve Exponents.
- Step 6: Solve Exponents.
- Step 7: Rewrite Equation.
- Step 8: Identify Multiplication Problems.

### Are there exceptions to Pemdas?

The examples you give aren’t exceptions. The parentheses aren’t needed because there is no other way to interpret the expressions. In applications in engineering and the physical sciences, variables have units associated with them, and the units often disambiguate the expression without the need for parentheses.