Alissa Fong

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Complex Fractions and Order of Operations - Concept

Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

Alissa is currently a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Brightstorm users love her clear, concise explanations of tough concepts

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Many people memorize the acronym PEMDAS to know the order of operations that we use to simplify math expressions- but the "P" for parentheses can be misleading. The first step includes parentheses as well as any kind of grouping, such as simplifying the numerator of a fraction even if it doesn't have parentheses drawn. This grouping simplification step would happen before any multiplying, dividing, adding or subtracting.

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