# How do you simplify 40 + 40 times 0 + 1  using PEMDAS?

Aug 14, 2016

$41$

#### Explanation:

$\textcolor{m a \ge n t a}{40} \textcolor{b l u e}{+ 40 \times 0} \textcolor{red}{+ 1} \text{ there are 3 terms}$

Simplify each term to a single answer and then add or subtract in the last line.

$\textcolor{m a \ge n t a}{40} \textcolor{b l u e}{+ 0} \textcolor{red}{+ 1}$

=$41$

A common wrong answer is 1, obtained form simply working from left to right.

$40 + 40 = 80$

$80 \times 0 = 0$

$0 + 1 = 1$

In this case addition has been done before multiplication which is a more powerful operation and should be done first.