The order of operations namely multiplication, division, addition or subtraction or more popularly known as MDAS or PEMDAS is one of the most basic concepts in mathematics and yet many people are totally confused about it. Here is a 15-item quiz with solution to further your understanding about MDAS. Note that the rules are

1.) perform the operation inside the **p**arenthesis

2.) perform the operation with** e**xponent

3.) perform **m**ultiplication and **d**ivision first before performing **a**ddition and **s**ubtraction

4.) if multiplication and division are adjacent operations, perform from left to right

5.) if addition and subtraction are adjacent operations, perform from left to right

Take note of rule 2 and 3 because this is the most common misconceptions of many. Many believes that since in MD, multiplication should be done first since M is before D.

MDAS Quiz

1.

a.) 17

b.) 25

Multiply 5 and 3 first, this gives us 15, and then add 2.

2.

a.) 36

b.) 20

Multiply 4 and 3 first before adding to 8.

3.)

a.) 21

b.) 26

c.) 50

d.) 90

Perform the two multiplications first before performing addition. That is

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4.)

a.) 41

b.) 55

c.) 71

d.) 90

Multiply 4 and 8 before adding 7 and 2 .

5.)

a.) 0

b.) 12

Perform division before subtraction.

6.)

a.) 17

b.) 25

This is the same as number 1. This time, since there is a parenthesis, you should perform the operation inside the parenthesis first. So, you add 3 and 2 first, then multiply to 5.

7.)

a.) 21

b.) 26

c.) 50

d.) 90

Perform the operation inside the parenthesis before anything else. So, add first 2 and 4. Then, multiply everything which gives 90.

8.)

a.) 8

b.) 17

c.) 20

d.) 42

1.) Perform the operation inside the parenthesis first. That is,

2.) Perform multiplication before addition and subtraction.

3.) Only addition and subtraction is left, perform the operation from left to right.

9.)

a.) 1

b.) 9

Solution:

This one is very tricky.

First, perform the operation inside the parenthesis. This gives us .

Second, by Rule 4, if multiplication and division are adjacent to each other, you should perform whichever comes first. This time, division should be performed before multiplication. That is

10.) What is ?

Solution

1.) Perform the operations inside the parenthesis first. Inside the parenthesis, we have exponentation, subtraction, and multiplication. We do the exponentiation first as stated in the rules above.

2.) Still, we have to simplify what is inside the parenthesis. We perform Multiplication first and then subtraction.

3.) Next, we perform division before addition. That is,

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Did you get it all right? For quizzes, go to the Practice Test page.

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