How to Solve a Math Problem Using PEMDAS

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Write out your equation. Leave enough space to write each step of your work.

What you'll need:

• Equation
• Pen/Pencil
• Paper

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Step 1: Identify Parenthesis

The first step in PEMDAS is P=parenthesis.

Identify and underline all sets of parenthesis. If there are none, proceed to "Identify Exponents."

Step 2: Solve Underlined Parenthesis

Solve the underlined parenthesis. Work from left to right.

Step 3: Rewrite Equation

Replace the parenthesis with the corresponding value.

Step 4: Identify Exponents

The next step in PEMDAS is E=exponents.

Identify and underline all exponents. If there are none proceed to "Identify Multiplication Problems."

Step 5: Solve Exponents

Solve the first set of exponents. Work from left to right.

Step 6: Solve Exponents

Solve the next set of exponents. Work from left to right.

Step 7: Rewrite Equation

Replace the exponents with the corresponding value.

Step 8: Identify Multiplication Problems

The next step in PEMDAS is M=multiplication.

Identify and underline multiplication problems, working from left to right. If there are none, proceed to "Identify Division Problems."

Step 9: Solve Multiplication Problems

Solve the first underlined multiplication problems. Work from left to right.

Step 10: Rewrite Equation

Replace the multiplication problem with the correct value.

Step 11: Identify Division Problems

The next step of PEMDAS is D=division.

Identify and underline all division problems, working from left to right. If there are none, proceed to "Identify Addition Problems."

Step 12: Identify Addition Problems

The next step of PEMDAS is A=addition.

Identify and underline all addition problems, working from left to right. If there are none proceed to "Identify Subtraction Problems."

Step 13: Solve Addition Problems

Solve the underlined addition problems. Work from left to right.

Step 14: Rewrite Equation

Replace the addition problems with the corresponding value.

Step 15: Identify Subtraction Problems

The final step of PEMDAS is S=subtraction.

Identify the subtraction problems. For this equation, this is the only problem left to solve.