How do you use PEMDAS to simplify 3 times 2 - (8+1) ?

Jul 21, 2016

$3 \times 2 - \left(8 + 1\right) = - 3$

Explanation:

PEMDAS stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction. Hence we solve in this order - first parentheses, then exponents, then multiplication and division and finally addition and subtraction.

Hence $3 \times 2 - \left(8 + 1\right)$

= $3 \times 2 - 9$

= $6 - 9 = - 3$