# How do you simplify #13 - 5 + 1 # using PEMDAS?

##### 1 Answer

Mar 31, 2018

#### Explanation:

The problem arises in identifying the adds and the subtracts!

The question does NOT mean

Remember that a sign belongs to the number on the right.

What we actually have is

I prefer to have students rearranging the terms first, with the ADDS at the beginning and the SUBTRACTS at the end.

Or just work from left to right.