Does Java Follow Pemdas

Java Programming

As a technical expert, I often find myself exploring the intricacies of programming languages. Recently, I’ve come across an interesting question that many newcomers to the world of Java ask: Does Java follow PEMDAS?

For those unfamiliar, PEMDAS (which stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division (from left to right), and Addition and Subtraction (from left to right)) is a commonly used acronym in mathematics to determine the order of operations when evaluating an expression.

While PEMDAS is a fundamental concept in mathematics, it’s important to note that it doesn’t directly translate to programming languages like Java. In programming, we have a different set of rules and precedence levels that determine the order in which operations are evaluated.

In Java, the order of operations is determined by a combination of operator precedence and associativity. Operator precedence refers to the order of evaluation for different types of operators, while associativity determines the order when operators have the same precedence. Let’s take a closer look at how Java handles each component of PEMDAS:


In Java, parentheses are used to group expressions and override the default order of operations. When evaluating an expression, Java will start by evaluating the innermost set of parentheses first.


Java does not have a built-in exponentiation operator like some other programming languages. Instead, we can use the Math.pow() method to perform exponentiation. This method takes the base and exponent as arguments and returns the result of raising the base to the power of the exponent.

Multiplication and Division

In Java, multiplication (*) and division (/) have a higher precedence than addition (+) and subtraction (-). This means that multiplication and division operations will be performed before addition and subtraction operations.

Addition and Subtraction

Finally, addition and subtraction have the lowest precedence in Java. When evaluating an expression, Java will perform addition and subtraction operations after performing multiplication and division operations.

It’s important to note that within the same level of precedence, Java follows left-to-right associativity. This means that if we have multiple operations at the same precedence level, they will be evaluated from left to right.

Now that we have a better understanding of how Java handles the order of operations, let’s delve into some code examples to see it in action:

class OrderOfOperations {
public static void main(String[] args) {
int result = 5 + 3 * 2; // result will be 11, as multiplication is performed first

int anotherResult = (5 + 3) * 2; // anotherResult will be 16, as parentheses override the default order

In the code example above, we can see that the multiplication operation is performed before the addition operation. This aligns with the precedence rules in Java and demonstrates how we can control the order of operations using parentheses.


While the concept of PEMDAS is not directly applicable to Java, the language has its own set of rules and precedence levels for evaluating expressions. Understanding these rules is essential for writing correct and efficient code. By leveraging parentheses, operator precedence, and associativity, Java allows developers to control the order of operations and achieve the desired results.

So, the next time you’re working with expressions in Java, remember to take into account the language’s specific rules and precedence levels. Happy coding!