Posted by **Taylor** on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 9:38pm.

what is the value of the expression?

15-6/3.2+7-1

- pre algebra -
**josiah**, Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:09pm
I got 20 because you have to PEMDAS which is Parentheses Exponents Multiplacation Division Addition Subtraction. 15-6/3.2+7-1 First you have multiply 3 & 2 and you get 6. then you divide 6 by 6 and get 1. Then you minus 1 from 15 that equals 14 because you have to add and subtract from left to right. Then 14 + 7 = 21-1=20

- pre algebra -
**Anonymous**, Monday, August 27, 2012 at 10:32pm
6/3.2 = 1.875

15 - 1.875 = 13.125

13.125 + 7 = 20.125

20.125 - 1 = 19.125

Answer = 19.125

- pre algebra -
**Steve**, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 12:09pm
or, if as josiah interpreted, 3.2 = 3•2, then, since multiplication/division are done left-to-right, we have

15-6/3.2+7-1

15-2•2+7-1

15-4+7-1

17

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