Insert one pair of brackets so that this calculation is correct; 3 x 6 + 5 - 1 = 32

3 x 6 + 5 - 1 = 32 
Without any brackets the answer to the calculation would be 22 following the rules of BIDMAS (Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction)

Therefore to make the calculation correct it's necessary to insert brackets around the 6 + 5 so that now the number multiplied by 3 is 11 therefore equating to 33 which becomes 32 when 1 is subtracted from it.

Final answer: 3 x (6 + 5) -1 = 32

Kate E. GCSE Psychology tutor, A Level Psychology tutor, GCSE Maths t...

3 months ago

Answered by Kate, a GCSE Maths tutor with MyTutor

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist


£18 /hr

James B.

Degree: Mathematics and Economics (Bachelors) - Nottingham University

Subjects offered: Maths, Economics


“About me : I am currently studying Maths and Economics at Nottingham University, about to go into my second year. Over the summer I have been in America teaching and counselling kids at a summer camp and I hope to bring what I have le...”

£18 /hr

Sarah R.

Degree: Physics (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered: Maths, Physics+ 2 more

-Personal Statements-

“Hi! I'm Sarah and I'm a second year Physics student at the University of Exeter.  Maths and Physics have been a huge part of my education and general interests for a long time and I hope that I can pass on my knowledge and enthusiam t...”

£18 /hr

Victoria E.

Degree: Economics (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: Maths, Science+ 4 more

Human Biology
-Personal Statements-

“Hi,I'm an enthusiastic student studing Economics at the University of Bristol. For my A Levels I studied Maths, Biology and Chemistry and would love to help younger students at GCSE level in these subjects.During sixth form I tutor...”

About the author

Kate E.

Currently unavailable: for regular students

Degree: Psychology (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

Subjects offered: Maths, Psychology


“Who am I?  My name is Kate and I am currently in my first year studying BSc Psychology at the University of Birmingham. From 2009 to 2016 I attended Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and completed both my GCSEs and A Levels there; I ...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Posts by Kate

Insert one pair of brackets so that this calculation is correct; 3 x 6 + 5 - 1 = 32

Solve this equation; 5x - 4 = 3x + 7

Other GCSE Maths questions

Rationalising the denominator (Surds)

A circle with centre C has equation x^2 + y^2 + 2x - 6y - 40 = 0. Express as (x - a)^2 + (y - b)^2 = d.

What are the differences between decimal points and significant figures?

Solve x^2 - 7x + 10 = 0

View GCSE Maths tutors


We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss