Teaching math rules to kids sounds nice, until they follow them blindly - through all their math classes!
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The order of operations is rife with rules created merely for convenience. When teaching these to kids, it's clear how they see it as a stupid arbitrary rule. Because often it is!
The Order of Operations series comes to a conclusion with a discussion of addition, subtraction and how textbooks often disagree!
Last week's article on the order of operations included a quick mention that division is the same as multiplication - but different. Now's the time to explain that a bit.
Next in the series explaining the order of operations is this discussion on the relation of exponents, addition and multiplication and how to remember the order of operations... the natural way!
Next in the series explaining the order of operations is this discussion on exponents and everything this includes. And roots and logs are in this one!
We continue the series explaining the order of operations with a discussion on parenthesis and all the various meanings of this word. You'll be surprised as to what it can mean!
Part 1 in the series. The order of operations is a set of rules - like the drivers' handbook for math. If everyone follows the rules, we'll all be safe. But if someone makes a bad turn, we could be looking at a crash.
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