Remember the Order of Operations? How about PEMDAS?
Just seeing those letters might send your blood pressure up.
But you can breathe easy now. Because, as you likely suspected all along, it’s wrong.
Check out this video by the YouTube guys at Minute Physics.
My favorite quote is
Focusing on the order of operations can lead to ambiguity and obscures the real, underlying, and often beautiful mathematics.
And I laughed out loud when I got to 2:23 in the video – the “real” order of operations:
- Use Parenthesis
- Learn Math
- Be Free!
What are your thoughts on this? Have your kids reached the age where they’re learning it, around 4th or 5th grade?
What will happen in your house if you tried the “Pedantic Order of Operations” shown?
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