# Going From an Expression to a Sequence of Operations

Need some practice going the other direction? Going from a Sequence of Operations to an Expression

The expression
$\,2x + 1\,$
represents the sequence of operations
‘*take a number, multiply by*
$\,2\,$, *then add*
$\,1\,$’.

The expression
$\,2(x+1)\,$
represents the sequence of operations
‘*take a number, add*
$\,1\,$, *then multiply by*
$\,2\,$’.

(Of course, a variable other than $\,x\,$ can be used.)