You know what got me? I was under the impression in PEMDAS "Multiplication or division, which ever comes first" meant what I had to use first to get rid of the parenthesis. Was never taught left to right. Maybe they meant that when they said which ever comes first. And the parenthesis as still there....so I multiplied to get rid of it.
I was hung up on getting rid of the parenthesis. Its the first rule of PEMDAS!!!! lol.
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