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## Early math review

### Course: Early math review > Unit 4

Lesson 3: Equal sign# Equal sign

Learn what the equals sign means.

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- is it 5+3=8 correct?(9 votes)
- yes 5 + 3 = 8

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8(3 votes)

- Sorry for the confusion, but doesn't 9-3+2-0=4? I was taught to always solve math problems with P.E.M.D.A.S. (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction). Therefore, the equation should be 9-3+2-0, which is 9-5-0, which is 4-0, which is 4.

Is this video wrong, or am I wrong? Please tell me the reasoning behind who you agree with.(3 votes)- PEMDAS is right, but of those, some operations have the "same priority". What I mean by that, is that the order really is Parentheses, exponents, (multiplication or division), (addition or subtraction). So in the expression 9-3+2-0, because addition and subtraction have the same priority, you do 9-3=6, 6+2=8, 8-0=8. An example with division and multiplication is 4 / 4 * 8. This is equal to 8 because division and multiplication have the same priority, so to evaluate you do 4/4 = 1, 1 * 8 = 8.(11 votes)

- Are fractions = to decimals(3 votes)
- you can convert the fractions to decimals by dividing the number on top with the number at the bottom.(6 votes)

- I have noticed that any math problem I do, will most likely always have an equal sign. So, I would like to know, does every math problem have an equal sign?(4 votes)
- Not all problems have equal signs. There are things called order of operations where you can't use an equal sign I believe(3 votes)

- Wen will I do that questions?(3 votes)
- Why is everything just videos?(1 vote)
- Videos are a hands on way to understand a topic, and is much easier to understand than a textbook. Hope this helps.(6 votes)

- equals sign means the same as(3 votes)
- at1:00he says that 5 = 3+2 is the same as 3+2=5

how does that work?

i mean, there's a commutative property for mult and adding

but an equal sign?(3 votes)- It seems that you have answered your own question! This is due to the Commutative Property of Addition. What else are your curious about?(1 vote)

- But we'res the scrim for lording(3 votes)
- what is the sign for not equal(2 votes)
- The symbol is an equals sign with a slash through it. It's hard to type on a regular keyboard, so if you want to use it on your computer the best way is to find one and then copy and paste it. A good way is to just search google for "not equal sign" and you'll find one pretty fast. To save you the trouble of doing that though, here's one:
`≠`

.(3 votes)

## Video transcript

- When you first learn
math, you see things like two plus three is equal to five, or you might see six plus one is equal to seven, or you might see eight minus two is equal to six. And all of these, you might
think that the equal sign just says, hey, give me the answer, figure out what two plus three is. Two plus three, well, the answer is five. Six plus one, the answer is seven. Eight minus two, the answer is six. That's not quite right. What the equal sign is saying is that what's on the left side
is the same amount, the same quantity, as what
is on the right-hand side. It's saying that two plus three
is the same thing as five. And you didn't have to write it this way. You could have written, you could have written five
is equal to two plus three. You could write that three plus two is equal to two plus three. Notice, here, we're not
figuring out the answer, we're just saying that
whatever three plus two is, that's going to be the same thing as whatever two plus three is. We know that they both equal five. You could even mix
addition and subtraction, you could write, you could write that six plus one is the same thing, is equal to, eight minus one. They are the same amount,
the same quantity. What is six plus one, well, that's seven. What's eight minus one,
well, that is seven. So the equal sign does not mean just give me the answer or just, you know, add the numbers or subtract the numbers. An equal sign is saying that
what's on the left-hand side is the same amount as what's
on the right-hand side. So with that in our brain,
let's write some statements using equal signs, some
equations, you could even say, using equal signs, and figure out which of them are actually true. So if I were to write down,
if I were to write down, I won't even read it out,
'cause it might give it away. If I were to write down
this, is this true? Well, the number on the left here is 18, the number on the left is
18, the number on the right is a different number, it is 81, it is 81. They swapped, or we swapped (chuckles), the one and the eight,
they're in different places. This is a different number, this is 81. These are not equal. These are not, not equal. So this statement is not true. And sometimes you might
even see someone do something like this, that means not equal. 18 is not equal to 81. Let's keep going. What if I were to write, what if I were to write nine minus three plus two minus zero is equal to, is equal to... zero plus one minus one plus eight, is this true? Well, let's figure out
what the left-hand side is. See, nine minus three is six, plus two is eight, minus zero is eight. So this, this, if I were to, if I were to compute it, that's equal to eight. And then on the right-hand
side I have zero plus one minus one, well, one minus one is zero, so this is all going to be eight. So this is, this is
true, eight equals eight. This is another way of writing eight, nine minus three plus two
minus zero, this is eight. And this is also eight, so once again the equal sign is just saying that this, what we have on the left, is the same as what we have on the right. Let's do another example. Let's do another example,
let's do two more examples. If I were to write this, is this true? Well, you might be tempted, hey, if I put a one (chuckles) and a zero together, it's gonna look like a 10,
but that's not, this is not how we do mathematics, this
is not how we add things. One plus zero is just one, so
this would be the same thing as saying that 10 is equal
to one, which we know is not true, so this is not
equal, this is not equal. Let's do one more. Let's say I had seven plus one is equal to three plus four. Is this equation true? Well, what do we have on the left, seven plus one is eight,
three plus four is seven. These are not the same
quantity, they're not the same amount, so these are not equal. And we're done.