# How do you Solve Equations in Business Maths

Operations are brackets, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and powers or exponents.

Importantly it makes a difference to the answer which operation you perform first.

Usually we just work from left to right through the equation, but the BODMAS rule overrides this.

Importantly it makes a difference to the answer which operation you perform first.

Usually we just work from left to right through the equation, but the BODMAS rule overrides this.

Calculate numbers with a mixture of brackets, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponents in the wrong order, and you will get a wrong answer !

Calculate numbers with a mixture of brackets, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponents in the wrong order, and you will get a wrong answer !

6 x (5 +3) = 6 x 8 = 48

6 x (5 +3) = 30 + 3 = 33

So, long ago people agreed to always follow certain rules when doing calculations, and they are:

It makes a difference to the calculation which parts you solve first.

 6 × (5 + 3) = 6 × 8 = 48 6 × (5 + 3) = 30 + 3 = 33 (wrong)

First the items in the brackets are calculated, then divide and multiplication, then addition and subtraction.

May 22, 2019