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Order of Operations Exercises

Example 1

Joe was asked by a stranger to find the answer to the arithmetic problem:

8 + 5 × 2

Joe wrote the following:

8 + 5 × 2 = 13 × 2 = 26

What did Joe do wrong (other than talking to a stranger, of course)? What should the answer be?

Example 2

Beth was asked to find 4 – (3 – 5)2. Beth wrote the following:

4 – (-2)2 = 4 – (-4) = 8

What did Beth do wrong? What should the answer be?

Example 3

What is ?

Example 4

What is ?

Example 5

What is ?

Example 6

What is (3 + 2 – 1)3 – (-7 + 3)2 × 8?

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