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### Course: 3rd grade (Eureka Math/EngageNY)>Unit 7

Lesson 1: Topic A: Solving word problems

# Setting up 2-step word problems

Sal represents 2-step word problems with equations.

## Want to join the conversation?

• Why do we need parentheses?
• To break the numbers down
• How!!I don´t know how to do this can one of you guys help me??!!I don´t get a thing!!
• carefully watch the video!
• why do we have parentheses
• Hi oashish! We use parenthesis in math for many things. When you have a number in parenthesis next to another number, it means you have to multiply. If you have an expression in parenthesis, it means that you have to do that expression first in the overall equation. All in all, parenthesis are an essential part of math. Hope this helps. Have a great day! 😁
• Why parenthesis I mean can't you just do the problem without parenthesis?
• Hello! I'm so happy you asked! So yes you could do the problem without the parenthesis, but it keeps the two equations apart so it makes it easier. What this also does is break it up into a few steps.
• what are parenthesis for