>> OK, is this some trick? because I really don't get you.

No, it's not a trick. PEMDAS gives the wrong answer. What's not to get? According to "PEMDAS", you multiply before you divide and you add before you subtract. In order to get the RIGHT answer, you have to remember PE(MD)(AS). And you're still screwed if you have to do 2^3^4 (there's some Math BBCode that I don't know how to use. It's supposed to be a big 2, a superscripted 3 above the 2, then a superscripted 4 over the 3. 2^(3^4)). The point being you have to learn "PEMDAS", then the "left to right" add/substract and multiply/divide exceptions, then you have to learn the "right to left" exponents exception. You're screwed if your teachers are as mean as mine were and throw curveballs like these at you in Algebra.

What wrong is using priorities? Looks working quite well. Google's Go language have very neat and simple priority system. Of course there bunch of cases where priorities are really messed up like famous Pascal boolean operations.

I always managed quite well with three priorities like they teached here in Finland in my school time, don't know situation nowadays: highest exponentiation (including roots, but that is only other name of exponentiation), then multiply/divide, last plus/minus. Then you only need to be carefull with minus in front of ( ) and - - is + stuff.

Here in India we too have BODMAS:
B -- Bracket(Parenthesis)
O -- Of(kind of multiplication)
D -- Division
M -- Multiplication
A -- Addition
S -- Subtraction

Right-to-left exponents exception, what are you speaking of?

>> OK, is this some trick? because I really don't get you.

No, it's not a trick. PEMDAS gives the wrong answer. What's not to get? According to "PEMDAS", you multiply before you divide and you add before you subtract. In order to get the RIGHT answer, you have to remember PE(MD)(AS). And you're still screwed if you have to do 2^3^4 (there's some Math BBCode that I don't know how to use. It's supposed to be a big 2, a superscripted 3 above the 2, then a superscripted 4 over the 3. 2^(3^4)). The point being you have to learn "PEMDAS", then the "left to right" add/substract and multiply/divide exceptions, then you have to learn the "right to left" exponents exception. You're screwed if your teachers are as mean as mine were and throw curveballs like these at you in Algebra.

So exponents are the same as indices or are they everything but brackets, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction?

What wrong is using priorities? Looks working quite well. Google's Go language have very neat and simple priority system. Of course there bunch of cases where priorities are really messed up like famous Pascal boolean operations.

I always managed quite well with three priorities like they teached here in Finland in my school time, don't know situation nowadays: highest exponentiation (including roots, but that is only other name of exponentiation), then multiply/divide, last plus/minus. Then you only need to be carefull with minus in front of ( ) and - - is + stuff.

@Azmah
Yup BODMAS does work.
You see, according to it, in 6+2x10, you first multiply 2 and 10 and get 20, then add 6 and get 26, which is the correct answer.
By the way, we're also taught BODMAS in school.

Wow, are there any other ways. This shows that there are numerous ways to do things in maths - and its not just maths. Does anyone have any other maths question that s trick like mine?

Every single time I ask someone that question I get 80 ... they forget BIMDAS. I put the hit because I didn't want to sound like a fool :)

One of my friends said to me, after I told him, "Tell me when you sue BIMDAS in you line of work", I thought that was a funny way to back yourself up :D

Its the first time I've asked online and it was the correct answer ^_^

Can't remember 'BIDMAS' if at all i know it. All i know is 'BODMAS'

Yeah, its probably Order of Operations. But why would you need to remember it in programming - The developer(s)who made it would need it; unless you want to know the term Oder Of Precedence for interests sake.

Correct, steven300. Its nice how you presented it logically - Its really helpful for those that want to learn. You could be a teacher ... if you aren't already. Someone doesn't need to be qualified to be a teacher, you know. :P

In some countries, replacing "Brackets" with "Parentheses" would be the case making it PODMAS/PIDMAS but I've never hear of PEMDAS. I'm assuming the "E" is representing another word for powers of or indices but why is the M and D switched?

The only time I was taught to do multiplication before division was when the sum was written as a fraction:

2x2
---
2

Rather than inline:

2x2/2

Using BIDMAS, it would make the answer to the first, 2 and the answer to the second, 1.

Why in the world are there 5 pages in this thread?

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diafol

2x2
---
2
Rather than inline:
2x2/2

Using BIDMAS, it would make the answer to the first, 2 and the answer to the second, 1.

Does it really? 4/2 = 2, 2 X 1 = 2. It's the same for me on my planet.

We learn CORLAT which translates as Parenetheses|Brackets, Indicies|Powers|Orders|Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction. But Div,Mult can be swapped as can Add,Sub.

I think the BIDMAS,BODMAS,PEDANT is a smokescreen. Unless you look at the second operator (indicies), there's very little that can go wrong.