I've always been surprised by the number of students taking high school and college math courses who have forgotten basic concepts they learned in grammar school. Adding and subtracting fractions is a surprising top contender for this prize. Another one is order of operations:

The graphic above is supposed to remind you of the following order to arithmetic calculations:

  • do all calculations within parentheses
  • evaluate all exponential expressions
  • do all multiplications and divisions in order from left to right
  • do all additions and subtractions in order from left to right

When you think you understand PEMDAS, try the following practice example:

When you're ready to check your answer (to three decimal places), look down at the bottom left corner of this page.

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Answer = -0.270

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