# Simplify: 44 - 12( -15 + 18) ÷ 9 ?

May 24, 2018

$40$

#### Explanation:

The most important thing to remember here is the order of operations. First, we do what is inside the parentheses. They will combine to equal

$- 15 + 18 = 3$

Then we will do the multiplication/division left to right.

$- 12 \times 3 = - 36$

We divide this by nine to get

$- 36 \div 9 = - 4$

We finish it by subtracting

$44 - 4 = 40$