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Order of operations is a strict set of rules that dictate how to evaluate any expression. I have laid the order of operations out for you:

1. Simplify within grouping symbols such as parentheses or brackets from left to right.

2. Simplify exponents from left to right.

3. Perform multiplication or division, whichever operation comes first from left to right.

4. Perform addition or subtraction, whichever operation comes first from left to right.

If something is higher on the list, then it has greater priority. Let's apply this knowledge to this particular problem:

\(-17+(\textcolor{red}{18-14})-(-14)\) | First, do what is in parentheses first, as that is given the highest priority. |

\(-17+4\textcolor{red}{-(-14)}\) | -(-14) is an example of multiplication, which is now the highest priority. |

\(\textcolor{red}{-17+4}+14\) | It is time to perform addition. Since there are two instances of addition, the order of operations states that we must perform that from left to right. |

\(\textcolor{red}{-13+14}\) | This is the only simplification that is left to do. |

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TheXSquaredFactor Sep 16, 2018