## Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

RECALL: Order of operations follows the PEMDAS rule. First Priority: P - parentheses/grouping symbols 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 There are grouping symbols in the given expression. Thus, the first operation to be performed is the one inside of the brackets, which is $\underline{\text{subtraction}}$.