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

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RECALL: The order of operations follows the PEMDAS rule. First Priority: P - Parentheses Second Priority: E - Exponents Third Priority: M/D - Multiplication or division, whichever comes first from the left Fourth Priority: A/S - Addition or subtraction, whichever comes first from the left Simplify within the parentheses to obtain: $=(-3)(-4) \div (-3)$ Perform multiplication next. The product of two integers with the same sign is positive. $=12 \div (-3)$ Lastly, divide. The quotient of two integers with different signs is negative. $=-4$