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Order Of Operations: Multiplication and Division

Here's what you've learned up to now:

* Go from left to right and do any equations that are inside any parentheses.

* Start again from the left and go from left to right and do any multiplication and division equations.


Here's an example:

(2 × 3) × 4 = 24

Going from left to right, we see 2 × 3 inside parentheses. 2 × 3 = 6. So, our equation becomes:

6 × 4

which equals 24.


Here's another example:

8 ÷ (12 ÷ 6) = 4

Again, we start from the left and go from left to right to search for parentheses. 8 is not a parenthesis. The first ÷ sign is not a parenthesis. However, we then come to a set of parentheses that enclose the equation: 12 ÷ 6. We know that 12 ÷ 6 is 2. So, our equation becomes:

12 ÷ 6

which equals 2.

We know that 12 ÷ 6 is 2. So, our equation becomes:

8 ÷ 2

which equals 4.

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