Work Step by Step
1. Follow the acronym PEDMAS: P: arenthesis E: ponents D:ivision M:ultiplication A:ddition S:ubtraction $= $ P.E.D.M.A.S This is used to determine which order of operations is completed first from top to bottom. For example, you would complete the division of two numbers before the addition of another two numbers. In this case, we multiply and divide before subtracting and adding: $(-2.98) \div 0.4 - 5(-2.3) + 1.6$ $= (-7.45) - (-11.5) + 1.6$ $= (-7.45) + 11.5 + 1.6$ $= 11.5 + 1.6 - 7.45$ $= 13.1 - 7.45$ $= 5.65$ Note: A double negative such as $-(-11.5)$ means that the negatives cancel each other out to become a positive.