# If there are no parenthesis in an equation then do you still follow order of operations?

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Apr 12, 2016

Yes.

Jul 31, 2016

ALWAYS!

#### Explanation:

You ALWAYS need to follow the correct order of operations, otherwise one expression could have several answers, depending how it was done. This is obviously neither correct nor sensible.

In calculations, the strongest operations - Powers and roots are done first.

Multiplication and division are stronger than addition or subtraction.

Adding and subtracting is the LAST step in a calculation.

However, if we want a weaker operation to be done first, it is shown in parentheses.

Identify the number of TERMS in an expression. In doing so, the order of operations is very clear.