How do you simplify 4 + 3(-6) - 1  using order of operations?

Jul 9, 2018

$- 15$

Explanation:

$4 + 3 \left(- 6\right) - 1$

PEMDAS (the order of operations) is shown here:

The first thing to do is multiplication:
$4 - 18 - 1$

Subtract from left to right:
$- 14 - 1$

$= - 15$

Hope this helps!

Jul 9, 2018

$- 15$

Explanation:

Multiplication takes precedence over addition/subtraction, so we can do $3 \cdot - 6$ first to get $- 18$. We now have

$4 - 18 - 1$

We can work from left to right to get

$- 14 - 1 = - 15$

Hope this helps!