# Math Help - expansion question

1. ## expansion question

How would this expression be expanded... 12+q(3p-5)

Since 12+q must happen before the multiplication of the expression in parenthisis, i don't see how it can be expanded

thanks

2. Originally Posted by hurley485
Since 12+q must happen before the multiplication of the expression in parenthisis....
Actually, the order of operations specifies that the multiplication by the q must happen before the addition to the 12.

3. remember BODMAS for precedence

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