Share
Explore BrainMass

# Why is order of operations necessary?

Use multiplication, division, addition and subtraction and at least one set of parentheses to write an expression that simplifies to 7, 13, or 17. Do your work step by step and explain each step as you simplify the expression. Demonstrate the consequences of not using the proper order of operations by showing that other orders yield different answers.

#### Solution Preview

Explain order of operations and why it is necessary
Use multiplication, division, addition and subtraction and at least one set of parentheses to write an expression that simplifies to 7, 13, or 17. Do your work step by step and explain each step as you simplify the expression. Demonstrate the consequences of not using the proper order of operations by showing that other orders yield different answers

First of all, the Order of Operations is necessary because in problems that have two or more different pending operations to be performed it is frequently possible to arrive at totally different final answers, depending on the order in which you decided to perform each operation. As a simple example, consider the problem: . If you perform the ...

#### Solution Summary

The expert determines why an order of operations is necessary.

\$2.19