Posted by **jasmine** on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 1:19pm.

8x4-3=

8 x 4 is....?

Then subtract 3.

You should use parentheses to clarify whether you mean

8x(4-3) or (8x4)-3.

They are not the same.

If you were keying in the numbers and operations on a calculator, the multiplication would occur first, but writing it the way you have done is ambiguous.

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