# What is 3x4x(10-7)divided by 2?

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Insert your own parentheses when confused

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With a problem like this, we want to group terms together.

Let's write this as

Now, we want to do the innermost parentheses first.

A term with no operations needs no parentheses, so let's remove them.

Now, we work on the other parentheses

Our problem is now

Again, terms with no operations need no parentheses, so let's remove them. We have

Except, maybe we didn't do it in the right order. Maybe it's a trick question. Let's try it differently.

We evaluate the numerator:

And multiply it out:

So, as long as we evaluate the parentheses before doing anything else, it works out.

How about we write the problem differently a third time?

We can now multiply the 3 and 4:

Now, we'll multiply the 12 to both terms in the parentheses.

Evaluate the parentheses:

So, you can approach it many ways, but make sure that you follow the order of operations.

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