Multiply, Divide, Add, and then Subtract.

It makes perfect sense.

It's called the Order of Operations. Even the little children on the streets know that.

Based on the responses, I'm guessing that some still don't understand the points being made.

In post #10,

@JayhawkMike posted the following...

*My dear aunt sally is tougher than Dee Eskridge and she is just a made up phrase so my kids can remember to do their math in the right order.*

"My dear aunt sally" is a mnemonic, which is a made-up phrase to help remember certain things... in this case, those words are first letters of the mnemonic that represents the first letter of the order of mathematical operations.

"

__M__y" represents multiplication. "

__D__ear" represents division. "

__A__unt" represents addition. And "

__S__ally" represents subtraction.

So, when doing math problems, you first multiply and divide before adding and subtracting.

It's just that simple and harmless. No need to reprimand anyone.