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# How are your math skills?

By Boyd01 May 2014

## Time to put your math skills to the test

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.

When doing a math equation without parenthesis, the order of operations is:
1. Exponents
2. Multiplication(/Division)
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 detailed BODMAS explanation.
B             Brackets first
O            Orders (powers and square roots, etc.)
DM        Division and Multiplication (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

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!

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