# What is 3 -3 x 6 + 2?

##### 2 Answers

#### 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

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

#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

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

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

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