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# Video:What Are the Rules for Order of Operations?

Want to learn about the rules for order of operations? Here, see helpful tips for using the order of operations correctly.See Transcript

## Transcript:What Are the Rules for Order of Operations?

Hi, my name is Bassem Saad. I'm an associate math instructor and Ph.D. candidate. I'm here today for About.com to introduce the rules for the order of operations.

### Basic Rules for Order of Operations

So say you had an expression: five, times six, plus two. And let's say you decided to multiply five, times six first, and then add the two. So five, times six is 30, plus two, that's 32. And that's definitely a number, but then say you decide to add the two and the six first. So you have five, times six, plus two. Well, six, plus two is eight, and five, times eight is 40. Notice the same expression we get two different answers depending on what we decide to do first. Well, the order of operations makes a clear distinction which one you should do first.