# Chapter 1 - Section 1.3 - Exponents, Order of Operations, and Variable Expressions - Exercise Set: 98

Yes, because in the order of operations, the addition comes after multiplication. Without the parentheses, you will solve 32 $\times$ 5 first, but they want you to solve 12 + 32 first, so they use the parentheses.

#### Work Step by Step

Explain why parentheses are necessary in the expression (12 + 32) $\times$ 5.

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