Billie M.

asked • 08/25/16

How do you arrive at the answer for: 9 - (3x2) +8? Is it 11 or 5?

I am confused about what ORDER is used to determine the answer.  I thought it was: do what is in parentheses, then either add/subtract from left to right.  My granddaughter states after arriving at the "6", you add it to the 8, then subtract 9 from the total and get 5.  I don't see where this is going strictly from left to right.  Help!
Billie

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David W. answered • 08/25/16

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Kendra F. answered • 08/25/16

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