What Is the Order of Operations in Evaluating Algebraic Expressions?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 17, 2020 2:44:50 AM ET

In evaluating algebraic expressions, the order of operations is parentheses, exponents, multiplication and division and, finally, addition and subtraction. A saying to help students remember this order is "Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally," in which the first letter of each word corresponds to the first letter of the operation.

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