# How do you solve #(10^2-4*8)-:(8+9)#?

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#### Explanation:

Rather than just blindly following PEDMAS/PEMDA/BODMAS etc, just realise that the operations we do with numbers are not equally strong. The strongest operations are done first.

Powers and roots have the biggest effect on a number and are thetherefore the strongest, then comes multiplication and division, and the weakest operations are addition and subtraction.

If a weaker operation must be done first, parentheses are used to show this.

Always count the number of terms first. Each term must simplify to a single answer and these are added or subtracted in the LAST step.

Note that they can be done at the same time because they are independent from each other.

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