Performing Operations in the Proper Sequence on the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test: PEMDAS - dummies

# Performing Operations in the Proper Sequence on the GED Mathematical Reasoning Test: PEMDAS

When solving an equation that contains more than one mathematical operator on the GED, you must perform the operations in the correct sequence to arrive at the correct answer. For example, 54 +10 ÷ 2 can produce two different answers. If you add 54 and 10 and then divide by 2, you get 32. If you divide 10 by 2 first and then add 54, you get 59. Perform operations in the following sequence, known as PEMDAS:

Parentheses: Perform all operations enclosed in parentheses first.

Exponents: If an equation contains any exponents, such as, perform those operations next.

Multiplication: Do all multiplications next.

Division: Perform all division, including fractions, next.