# How do you simplify #(13 xx 2 - 5^2)/[3^2 - (-3)^2]# using PEMDAS?

##### 1 Answer

Sep 3, 2016

Undefined because division by zero is not permissible.

#### Explanation:

Identify the separate terms first.

Although the whole fraction is one terms, there are 2 terms in the numerator and 2 terms in the denominator.

Each term must be simplified to a single answer and these will be dded or subtracted last.

Do operations in brackets first.

Then do the strongest operations: powers and roots.

Then the weaker operations: multiply and divide,

Last the weakest operations: addition and subtraction.

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=undefined because division by zero is not permissible.