Narresh K.

asked • 11/26/15# if there is no brackets at all the expression is as follow 4+3*2 that means what would be the answer

need answer with complete clarity

answer is 14 or 10

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**Order of Operations,**also called**Precedence Rules**, define how an expression is to be evaluated.To help remember them, the acronym,

**P**lease**E**xcuse**M**y**D**ear**A**unt**S**ally -- and other acronyms -- have been created. The words stand for:**P**arentheses -- expressions inside "nested" parentheses evaluated before outer parentheses

**E**xponentiation

**M**ultiplication and

**D**ivision, left to right

**A**ddition and

**S**ubtraction, left to right

Notes:

- these rules have changed over the last few decades

- there is still some confusion about 1/3x

- computer software does the order of operations several different ways

- calculators do the order of operations several different ways

- even the symbols may be different -- for example: *, **, ^, /, ÷

Follow this procedure:

Scan from left to right for an operation at the highest precedence level. If found, evaluate it (note: there may be other operations inside parenthesis).

Scan from left to right for an operation at the next highest precedence level. If found, evaluate it (note: M & D as well as A & S are at the same levels).

Continue until there are no more operators

For 4+3*2:

there are no parentheses (note: if the expression is confusing, PLZ add them to clarify it)

there is no exponentiation

there is a multiplication; do it and replace the expression with the result of the multiplication

4 + 6

there is an addition; do it and replace the expression with the result of the addition

10

there are no more operators

Try this one (see whether you get 13):

**9 - 5 ÷ (8 - 3) x 2 + 6**

Kim B. answered • 11/26/15

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So you need to follow the order of operations. In this example, that means you must multiply before you add.

so... 4+3*2

3*2=6 is the first step

then... 4+6 is 10

therefpr, answer is 10

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