1. ## Mental Blockage

Hi all,

Been a while since I went through my Order of Operations and I have a problem that I know the answer to but I need someone to help me see why the answer is correct... if that makes sense.

Problem is 3-4[-10-4(-5)]
Correct Answer is supposed to be: -37

1) I know to work inside parens first...
2) Since there is no real work inside the Parenthesis... this is where I mess up I think... I would do Multiplication next... so I would take the -4 * -5 and get +20... correct?
3) Next I would then take the -10 * +20... I know this can't be right.. so I try again... using only the +4 * (-5) and that gets me closer but doesn't really make sense to me because the -10 - 4 is actually a negative four right? Arrggh!

Step by step is ok... but really need the Why. Thanks in advance for your assistance and advice.

2. Originally Posted by garms
Hi all,

Been a while since I went through my Order of Operations and I have a problem that I know the answer to but I need someone to help me see why the answer is correct... if that makes sense.

Problem is 3-4[-10-4(-5)]
Correct Answer is supposed to be: -37

1) I know to work inside parens first...
2) Since there is no real work inside the Parenthesis... this is where I mess up I think... I would do Multiplication next... so I would take the -4 * -5 and get +20... correct?
3) Next I would then take the -10 * +20... I know this can't be right.. so I try again... using only the +4 * (-5) and that gets me closer but doesn't really make sense to me because the -10 - 4 is actually a negative four right? Arrggh!