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Whew! It was a lot to say, but once we put it in the right order, it really wasn`t that complicated to solve. When you first learn the order of surgeries, it may take some time to solve a problem like this. However, with enough practice, you will get used to solving problems in the right order. In algebra, this week`s students examined numerical operations and the order in which we perform them in multi-level problems. BEDMAS is a convention that we use to guide us through a problem like 3 + 4 x 5 = ☐. Is the result 23 or 35? If students understand and correctly use common symbols for relationships (=, ≠, ) and for number operations (+ – x ÷), these symbols allow them to express simple mathematical ideas and problematic situations and to interpret (and solve) familiar mathematical equations and expressions. However, when they encounter problems that affect more than one operation, they may be confused by the ambiguity of certain expressions and equations. This can lead to different interpretations and results. For example, 4 + 2 x 5 = ☐.