Following the Order of Operations - dummies

# Following the Order of Operations

When arithmetic expressions get complex, use the order of operations (also called the order of precedence) to simplify them. Complex math problems require you to perform a combination of operations — addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division — to find the solution. The order of operations simply tells you what operations to do first, second, third, and so on.

Evaluate arithmetic expressions from left to right, according to the following order of precedence:

1. Parentheses

2. Exponents

3. Multiplication and division