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By 01 May 2014

**How are your math skills? Time to put it to the test! In this article you can see a math problem, waiting for you to be solved. **

**Answer:**

When doing a math equation without parenthesis, the order of operations is:

- Exponents
- Multiplication(/Division)
- Addition(/Subtraction)

The first step here is 7/7=1 and 7X7=49.

The second step 7+1+49-7=50

So the answer to this question should be **C (50).**

For those who got it correct, congratulations, you understand "rules of operations." For the rest, hopefully this was educational!

**A quick tip for the Order of Operations: BODMAS**

Below you can find a detailled BODMAS explanation.

**B B**rackets first

**O** **O**rders (powers and square roots, etc.)

**DM D**ivision and **M**ultiplication (left-to-right)

**AS A**ddition and **S**ubtraction (left-to-right)

Divide and multiply rank equally (and go left to right). Add and subtract rank equally (and go left to right).

**Example**: 3 + 6 × 2

Multiplication before addition:

First 6 × 2 = 12, then 3 + 12 = 15.

**Example: **(3 + 6) × 2

Brackets first:

First (3 + 6) = 9, then 9 × 2 = 18.

**Example: **12 : 6 × 3 : 2

Multiplication and division rank equally, so just go left to right:

First 12 / 6 = 2, then 2 × 3 = 6, then 6 / 2 = 3

**Time to put it to the test:**

If you follow the BODMAS technique you will find that the answer is **C (20).**

Use the BODMAS technique and you will never go wrong!

For more training with math equations try BrainGymmer’s new game **Bubble Math** (you need to upgrade to play this game)