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# What is the standard order of operations?

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### Why is there a universal order of operations to use when solving math problems?

It is convenient for different people to agree on the standard order of operations. This saves complicated explanations.

### How do you decide what operation you use in order of operations?

You memorize the rules that are considered standard.

### Does order of operations have to be the way that it is or is it just an arbitrarily defined standard?

It wouldn't be what it is unless if it didn't have to be that way

### What are the 4 orders of operations?

The standard order of operations:terms inside bracketsexponents and rootsmultiplication and divisionaddition and subtraction

### According to the order of operations for formulas the first expressions calculated are those within?

The standard order of operations follows the acronym PEMDAS. This is Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction. So operations are done on expressions within parentheses first.

### Why can't you use a math calculator to do order of operations?

One very powerful reason is: Order of operations is not something that you "do". 'Order of operations' is a rule, method of procedure, standard operating procedure, and protocol, that guides you in the effective and correct way to actually "do" the things that you "do" in arithmetic. The calculator is one place where you can 'do' them.

### Why do you use order of operation?

A standard order of operations lets you know which part of the equation gets calculated first. Without a standard order, someone might calculate 2 + 3 * 4 differently from 4 * 3 + 2, getting 20 in the first case and 14 in the second (by the way, 14 is the correct answer for both by the commonly accepted order of operations).

### When more than one operator is involved in a formula Excel follows a different basic order of operations from that used in algebra.?

Excel will use the standard order of operations according to the laws of mathematics. See the related question below.

### How can order of operations be changed?

If you put in parentheses, you can change the order of operations in many cases, as parentheses come before everything in the order of operations.

### What does mean if a calculator follows the order of operations?

It means that the calculator can follow the order of operations and do the order of operations for you but, you need to know how to do them on your own too.