parentheses first, then solve left to right... Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1428208
Yes, but you didn't do step 1. So before anyone else says "Wrong" you may want to actually read something and educate yourself, and then prove ALL of the following references incorrect.
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"We use the distributive property to help us find a way around the order of operations while still being sure that we keep the value of the expression."
Distribute to REMOVE parentheses [link to www.algebra.com
Get Rid of parentheses with Distribution:
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If there is some factor multiplying the parentheses, then the only way to get rid of the parentheses is to multiply using the distributive law.
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"When simplifying expressions with parentheses, you will be applying the Distributive Property." -purplemath
These guys got it right, they use "Parentheses" in the order of operations to require Distributive Property.
The Distributive Property in ALgebra:
The Distributive Property is handy to help you get rid of parentheses.
a(b + c) = ab + ac
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