What is 3 -3 x 6 + 2?

2 Answers
Jul 9, 2016

Answer:

-13

Explanation:

Using the mnemonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally we are reminded that in the order of operations we follow

P = Parenthesis #larr# brackets
E = Exponents
M =Multiplications
D = Division
A = Addition
S = Subtraction

To solve 3 - 3 x 6 + 2

We would do the multiplication first

3 - 18 + 2

Then we do the addition and subtraction working left to right

-15 + 2

When adding signs that are different keep the sign of the larger number and subtract.

-13

Jul 14, 2016

Answer:

#-13#

Explanation:

If we use the concept of terms, then the order of operations is easy to identify.

#color(blue)3-color(magenta)(3xx6)+ color(orange)2 " "# has 3 terms.

We need to reduce each term to a single number before they can be added or subtracted in the final step.

#color(blue)3-color(magenta)(3xx6)+ color(orange)2#

#color(blue)3-color(magenta)(18)+ color(orange)2#

#-15 +color(orange)2 " or " 3+2 -color(magenta)18#

=#-13#

Adding is commutative, so the numbers can be added in any order, as long as the sign is kept with the correct term.