# 2.5. How Expressions are EvaluatedΒΆ

The order that expressions are executed is the same as it is in math. You probably learned this
ordering as **PEMDAS** (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply/Divide, Add/Subtract) and is shown in the table
below from highest precedence to lowest. If two symbols have the same precedence they are evaluated from left to right.

Operator |
Name |
---|---|

-x |
Negation |

x ** y |
Exponentiation |

x * y x / y x % y |
Multiplication, Division, and Modulo |

x + y x - y |
Addition and Subtraction |

You can change the default order by adding parentheses around part of an expression. Whatever math is inside the parentheses is done (using the same order of operations) before any operations outside the parentheses are done.

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