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Question from Jenna, a teacher:

ok my question is
How do u do BEDMAS in the correct order when it's set up in a weird order without getting confused
(18-4)exponent2 divided by 2


B stands for brackets or parentheses so you first perform the operation inside the parentheses, 18 - 4 = 14.

Now you have 14exponent2 divided by 2

E stands for exponentiation so perform the exponential operation 142 = 196.

Now you have 196 divided by 2.

The only operation remaining is division and 196/2 = 98.

Thus (18-4)exponent2 divided by 2 = 98.


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