Posted by **Deb** on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 1:03pm.

Perform the indicated operation

17-19 ÷ (5)(5) -30

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**drwls**, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 1:06pm
Show parentheses

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**Deb**, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 1:38pm
what do u mean

this is what i come up with:

-2 ÷ -5 = .4

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**drwls**, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:43pm
It could also be

(-2/25) -30 = - 32 2/5

or

17 - (19/25) -30 = -13 19/25

or a lot of other answers.

What you calculated was

(17-19)÷ [(5)(5) -30]= -0.4

If you don't understand the importance of when and how to use parentheses, you are going to have a lot of difficulty with algebra

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**Deb**, Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 4:28pm
the way the problem was originally written is the way it is presented to me.

The only parentheses are the ones in the denominator around the 5's

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