# How do you simplify 5^2- 8 ÷ 2?

Jul 11, 2015

#### Answer:

If the question asked:

${5}^{2} - \frac{8}{2}$ then the answer is: $21$

If the question asked:

$\frac{{5}^{2} - 8}{2}$ then the answer is: $\frac{17}{2} = 8.5$

#### Explanation:

1.) If the question were to ask us to find ${5}^{2} - \frac{8}{2}$, then

${5}^{2} = 25$ and $\frac{8}{2} = 4$

So,

${5}^{2} - \frac{8}{2} = 25 - 4 = 21$

2.) If the question were to ask us to find $\frac{{5}^{2} - 8}{2}$, then

$\frac{{5}^{2} - 8}{2} = \frac{25 - 8}{2} = \frac{17}{2} = 8.5$