In this post, we are going to learn the order of operations that you have to follow to do **combined operations**: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. **Combined operations** cannot be done in a random manner. You have to follow an **order**:

- Step 1: Do the operations that are inside of the
**parentheses**.

For example:

### 3 x ( 2 + 4 )

First, we do the operation inside the parentheses: 2 + 4 = 6.

Next, we finish the operation: 3 x 6 = 18.

- Step 2: Do the
**multiplication and division**operations, always working from left to right.

For example:

### 24 ÷ 6 x 2

First we do the division because it is further to the left than the multiplication: 24 ÷ 6 = 4.

Then we carry out the multiplication operation: 4 x 2 = 8.

- Step 3: Last we do the
**addition and subtraction.**

For example:

### 2 + 3 x 5

First we do the multiplication: 3 x 5 = 15.

Then we do the addition: 2 + 15 = 17.

We are going to look at an example of **combined operations**:

### 6 + ( 8 – 3) x 2

- First, we do the operation in the parentheses: 8 – 3 = 5. This leaves us with: 6 + 5 x 2.
- Now we do the multiplication: 5 x 2 = 10.
- And lastly we are left with the addition operation: 6 + 10 = 16.

Let’s look at another example of **combined operations**:

### 21÷ 3 + 7 x 4

- The first thing to do is do any operations in parenthesis, but in this case, there are not any.
- The next step is to do the multiplication and division: 21 ÷ 3 = 7 and, on the other side, 7 x 4 = 28.
- Now we are left with only the addition operation: 7 + 28 = 35.

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- What Are Combined Operations?
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