# ACT Math : How to find order of operations

## Example Questions

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### Example Question #1 : Order Of Operations

5 * (482 – 82) + 100 / (3 + 2)2  = ?

Possible Answers:

2016

2400

66.7

21,746

2004

Correct answer:

2004

Explanation:

Order of operations: "PEMDAS” or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally"

"Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction".

5 * (482 – 82) + 100 / (3 + 2)2  = ?

5 * (400) + 100 / (5) 2  =

2000 + 100 / 25 =

2000 + 4 = 2004

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

Evaluate:

–1 + 2 * –3

Possible Answers:

–3

7

5

3

–7

Correct answer:

–7

Explanation:

First you perform multiplication 2 * –3 = –6

Then you add –1 which gives you -7.

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

Evaluate:

10 – 11 * (–1)2
Possible Answers:

–1

–21

1

21

0

Correct answer:

–1

Explanation:

Evaluate the exponent, then distribute, then add.

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

Evaluate the expression:

(2 + 2)– 1

Possible Answers:

1

15

7

4

16

Correct answer:

15

Explanation:

First you perform the operation in the parentheses and then you multiply the exponent; after that, subtract one.

### Example Question #1 : How To Find Order Of Operations

Evaluate:

(–1) + (2)2 * (–3)

Possible Answers:

13

–13

–9

–3

9

Correct answer:

–13

Explanation:

First you evaluate the exponent. Then you multiply it by (–3) which gives you –12. Add –1 makes it –13.

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

Solve the following equation:

(9 + 1) * (42 + 2) * (72 + 1) / 2 = ?

Possible Answers:

9000

4500

39

1014.5

1500

Correct answer:

4500

Explanation:

Order of operations: "PEMDAS” or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally"

"Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction".

(9 + 1) * (42 + 2) * (72 + 1) / 2 =

(10) * (16 + 2) * (49 + 1) / 2 =

(10) * (18) * (50) / 2 =

9000/2 = 4500

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

Solve the following equation:

(4 * 12) / (5 + 6 + 1) + 72 + (2 * 1 + 2)3 = ?

Possible Answers:

126

86

98.6

90.6

140

Correct answer:

140

Explanation:

Order of operations: "PEMDAS” or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally"

"Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction".

(4 * 12) / (5 + 6 + 1) + 72 + (2 * 1 + 2)3 =

(48)/(12) + 72 + (2 + 2)3 =

(48)/(12) + 72 + (4) 3 =

(48)/(12) + 72 + 64 =

4 + 72 + 64 = 140

### Example Question #8 : Order Of Operations

Solve: 4 + 2 * 4 = ?

Possible Answers:

14

12

10

24

32

Correct answer:

12

Explanation:

To solve you must use the order of operations PEMDAS.
Multiplication comes first 4 * 2 = 8. Then add 4 + 8 = 12.

### Example Question #1 : Arithmetic

The operation ¤ is defined as “cube the number that is to the right of the ¤ and subtract the result from the number that is to the left of ¤.” What is the value of 100 ¤  (5 ¤ 1)?

Possible Answers:

64

36

25

86

16

Correct answer:

36

Explanation:

Starting inside the parentheses, cube the number to the right of the symbol, which is 1, and then subtract that from the number to the left of the symbol, 5, to get 4. Then we perform the same operation by cubing 4 to get 64, and then subtracting that from 100 to get 36.

### Example Question #2 : How To Find Order Of Operations

The expression  is equivalent to:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to find the equivalent expression, distribute  to get .

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