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What is 3 $ (2 $ 1) if A $ B = A * B - ( A + B)?
A. -5
B. -3
C. 0
D. 1
E. 4

Asked by Gylle, Last updated: Jan 20, 2020

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C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered May 07, 2019

The correct answer to this question is A, -5. This answer is found by using the order of operations of math. The acronym PEMDAS is used to represent the order. P stands for parentheses, E for exponents, M for multiplication, D for division, A for addition, and S for subtraction.

In school, the saying Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is used to remember the order. Following the order of operations, the parenthetical values of this question are solved first. Once the costs in between the parentheses are addressed, the rest of the equation can be completed, which gives us the answer -5.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Apr 04, 2017

First use the order of the operations. First you have to calculate the number between the brackets then calculate the outer part. Then combine then you will get the final answer.
The answer is: -5
 

imaniburrell

Imaniburrell

Answered Feb 20, 2017

This answer makes no sense. You are saying to do the operation, (2 $ 1), first, then list it as 21. I'm not sure what the $ symbol stands for, but I've never seen a math problem phrased so that you take a subset of 2 integers, and combine them, without using a function. How does (2 $ 1) become 21?
 

getsmart

-5
First, use the order of operations to find the parenthetical value of (2 $ 1), which is 21-3 or -1Next, plug in -1 for (2 $ 1) to find 3 $ -1 = 3 -1 - (3 - 1) = -3 - 2 = -5
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

-5
First, use the order of operations to find the parenthetical value of (2 $ 1), which is 21-3 or -1 Next, plug in -1 for (2 $ 1) to find 3 $ -1 = 3 -1 - (3 - 1) = -3 - 2 = -5
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taytayhockey

How do u get 21-3 from (2$1) ?

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