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Brackets Or Parenthesis in Precedence Order

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The numerical expression for the problem " multiply the result of $2+4$$2 + 4$ by $3$$3$ " is not $2+4×3$$2 + 4 \times 3$ as this expression is "$2$$2$ added to $4$$4$ times $3$$3$". That is because, the multiplication is of higher precedence to addition.

To define an expression with modified precedence order (i.e. the addition is carried out first, followed by multiplication in this example), brackets or parenthesis is used in the expressions.

eg: " multiply the result of $2+4$$2 + 4$ by $3$$3$ " is given as $\left(2+4\right)×3$$\left(2 + 4\right) \times 3$.
Note that $\left(2+4\right)×3=6×3=18$$\left(2 + 4\right) \times 3 = 6 \times 3 = 18$

out-of-precedence, out-of-sequence

Multiplication is higher in precedence to addition. In some expressions, addition has to be carried out before multiplication.

For example: Result of $2+4$$2 + 4$ has to be multiplied by $3$$3$. This cannot be given as $2+4×3$$2 + 4 \times 3$ because, the result of this expression does not equal the given example.
This is a problem of "out-of-precedence". The addition is to be performed required before the multiplication.

Similarly, consider : result of $4-2$$4 - 2$ is to be subtraction from $7$$7$. This cannot be given as $7-4-2$$7 - 4 - 2$ as the result of this expression does not equal the example. This is a problem of "out-of-sequence". The latter subtraction is to be carried out before the former one.

To solve the problem, Parenthesis or brackets are introduced.

Parenthesis or brackets are higher in precedence.

Thus,

(1) Result of $2+4$$2 + 4$ has to be multiplied by $3$$3$ is expressed as $\left(2+4\right)×3$$\left(2 + 4\right) \times 3$

(2) result of $4-2$$4 - 2$ is to be subtraction from $7$$7$ is expressed as $7-\left(4-2\right)$$7 - \left(4 - 2\right)$

Consider $4+6÷\left(3×2\right)$$4 + 6 \div \left(3 \times 2\right)$.

$4+6÷\left(3×2\right)$$4 + 6 \div \left(3 \times 2\right)$

The expression inside bracket is simplified first.
$=4+6÷6$$= 4 + 6 \div 6$

The division is higher in precedence over addition.
$=4+1$$= 4 + 1$

$=5$$= 5$.

Consider $\left(10-3-2\right)×3$$\left(10 - 3 - 2\right) \times 3$.

The expression inside bracket is simplified first.
$\left(10-3-2\right)×3$$\left(10 - 3 - 2\right) \times 3$

the two subtraction are in the same precedence level and so they are simplified in the left to right sequence.
$=\left(7-2\right)×3$$= \left(7 - 2\right) \times 3$
$=\left(5\right)×3$$= \left(5\right) \times 3$

Then, the multiplication is simplified.
$=15$$= 15$

The symbols $\left($ or $\right)$ are called brackets or parentheses.

Arithmetics Precedence : Precedence Order in arithmetics is BODMAS
It is also called as PEMDAS

The order is as follows
•  Parentheses or Brackets
•  Exponents or Order
•  Multiplication and Division

For a number of operations of same precedence level, the operations are carried out from left to right in sequence.

examples

Simplify $\left(1+3-1\right)×2+2-1$$\left(1 + 3 - 1\right) \times 2 + 2 - 1$.
The answer is "$7$$7$"

The bracket is the highest precedence. Within the bracket the expression $1+3-1$$1 + 3 - 1$ has addition and subtraction at the same precedence level. These are done left to right order $1+3-1$$1 + 3 - 1$
$=4-1$$= 4 - 1$
$=3$$= 3$.

Then multiplication is the higher precedence order, followed by addition and subtraction in left to right sequence.
$3×2+2-1$$3 \times 2 + 2 - 1$
$=6+2-1$$= 6 + 2 - 1$
$=8-1$$= 8 - 1$
$=7$$= 7$

What is the value of $7-2×2$$7 - 2 \times 2$?
The answer is "$3$$3$".
Multiplication is higher in precedence than subtraction. So multiplication, $2×2$$2 \times 2$, is carried out first.
$7-2×2$$7 - 2 \times 2$$=7-4$$= 7 - 4$$=3$$= 3$

What is the value of $3-1-1$$3 - 1 - 1$?
The answer is "$1$$1$".
The two subtractions are in the same precedence level and in such a case, the operations are carried out in the left to right order.
$3-1-1$$3 - 1 - 1$$=2-1$$= 2 - 1$$=1$$= 1$

Simplification of Expressions : BODMAS

•  B - Brackets

•  O - Order (exponents, roots, logarithm)

•  D - Division

•  M - Multiplication

•  S - Subtraction

•  And Left to Right sequence for multiple operations of same precedence.

PEMDAS

•  P - Parentheses

•  E - Exponents (roots and logarithm)

•  M - Multiplication

•  D - Division

•  S - Subtraction

•  And Left to Right sequence for multiple operations of same precedence.

summary

Arithmetics Precedence : Precedence Order in arithmetics is BODMAS
It is also called as PEMDAS

The order is as follows
•  Parentheses or Brackets
•  Exponents or Order
•  Multiplication and Division