^^ Incorrect. I'll explain it again... As it is written you do the parenthesis first, leaving you with 48/2*12. There are no parenthesis enclosing the 2 so you do not automatically multiply it by 12. 48/2*12 is the same exact thing as 48/2(12) since the multiplication is assumed. According to the rules, you next multiply AND divide in the same step.. from left to right. As the equation is written, the answer is 288. In all reality, it doesn't really matter because you will never solve an equation without some meaning behind it. Based on what you are looking to find, that will dictate which steps you do first. But in this example with no background, the answer is 288 following the order of operation. Math is kinda my thing