# How do you evaluate #15- 2+ 7- 12\div 4#?

##### 3 Answers

#### Explanation:

Using BODMAS

First Divide:

As there is no multiply you can move on.

Now, Add:

Here, to complete the addition be sure to take the '-' symbol with the number 2.

Add once again:

Now Subtract:

#### Explanation:

Here we use the order of operations PEMDAS/PEDMAS, whichever acronym it is you've been taught.

What many students misunderstand is that PEMDAS is just a way to memorize the order of operations, it's not the literal order of operations.

Let me break down the real order of operations for you:

(1) P - parenthesis

(2) E - exponent

(3) M or D - multiplication or division

(4) A or S - addition or subtraction

The (1) to (4) are the levels of priority. So how the order of operations works is that first you look at the level of priority and THEN you do the first operation that comes up from left to right.

For example,

What happens if you get a

So back to our problem,

We do the division first.

#### Explanation:

When you are working with an expression which has different operations, it is important to count the number of terms first.

Each term will simplify to a single answer and they can be added or subtracted in the last step.

Within each term, the order is:

- brackets
- powers and roots
- multiply and divide

Only the last one requires a calculation.

To reduce errors, re-arrange the expression with the additions at the beginning, then add left to right.