This one of the basic arithmetic principles every student has to learn. Is there a way to quickly recall the order of operations.

Correct Order : parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction

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In mathematical expressions, the order of operations is important. You must carry out operations in a very specific order to solve a math problem. The order is: parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.

You can remember this order by remembering:

Spell: **Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally**

- Please : Parentheses
- Excuse : Exponents
- My : Multiplication
- Dear: Division
- Aunt : Addition
- Sally : Subtraction

*Tip : Feel free to customize it to your personal version. Say, if you have an aunt name beginning with 'S' , replace it for Sally.*

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