# What is PEMDAS?

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Oct 26, 2014

PEMDAS is an mnemonic device used to remind students of the order of operations in the calculation of a mathematical problem.

The initials also o along with phrase used by many students and teachers, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.

P = Parenthesis (brackets)

E = Exponents

M = Multiply

D = Divide

A = Addition

S = Subtraction

Solve inside Parenthesis, then do Exponents, Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract.

A sample problem may look like this.

Following the order of operations

Parenthesis first

Exponents next

Multiply and Divide now

Solve by Adding and Subtracting