#### Answer

divide

#### Work Step by Step

RECALL:
Order of operations follows the PEMDAS rule.
First Priority: P - parentheses
Second Priority: E - exponents
Third Priority: M/D - multiplication/division, whichever comes first from the left
Fourth Priority: A/S - addition/subtraction, whichever comes first from the left
Thus, in the absence of parenthesis and exponents, the first operation to be performed is $\underline{\text{division}}$.