Elementary Algebra

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285194055
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-405-9

Chapter 1 - Some Basic Concepts of Arithmetic and Algebra - 1.4 - Integers: Multiplication and Division - Problem Set 1.4: 94

Answer

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Work Step by Step

The student accidentally did the following: $$-6 + (-8) \div 2 \\ 54 / 2 =27$$ First of all, the student thought that the addition symbol was a multiplication symbol. Then, they incorrectly multiplied 6 and 8 to get 54. Here is how you do it correctly: $$ = -6 + (-4) \\ -10$$ Note, it is important to divide the -8 by two before performing addition.
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