Bedmas: Solving Math Problems with Ease

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In summary, BEDMAS is an acronym that stands for Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction, which is a mathematical order of operations used to solve math problems. It is important because it ensures consistency and avoids errors. The main difference between BEDMAS and PEMDAS is the order of multiplication and division. Not using BEDMAS may lead to incorrect answers and confusion. Some tips for remembering BEDMAS include using the acronym as a mnemonic device and starting with the operations in brackets. There are exceptions to BEDMAS, such as additional operations and multiple sets of brackets, which require special attention.
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Hey guys, I'm very confused because I haven't done a bedmas question in ages. How would I answer this question?
 

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Welcome to PF.
dont use bedmas.
associate all minus signs with the following number, as a negative sign.
convert divisions into fractions.
 
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Checking... those steps are done for you... what's the problem?
Follow your nose.
 

What is BEDMAS and why is it important?

BEDMAS stands for Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction. It is a mathematical order of operations that tells us the sequence in which we should solve a math problem. It is important because it ensures that everyone solves math problems in the same way, and it avoids confusion and errors.

What is the difference between BEDMAS and PEMDAS?

PEMDAS is an acronym used in the United States and some other countries, which stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction. The main difference between BEDMAS and PEMDAS is the order of multiplication and division. BEDMAS follows the order from left to right, whereas PEMDAS has equal precedence for multiplication and division, and the same goes for addition and subtraction.

What happens if you don't use BEDMAS?

If you don't use BEDMAS, you may end up with an incorrect answer to a math problem. This is because BEDMAS ensures that we solve math problems in a systematic and consistent way. Without following BEDMAS, you may get different answers depending on the order in which you solve the problem, leading to confusion and errors.

What are some tips for remembering BEDMAS?

One way to remember BEDMAS is to use the acronym BEDMAS itself as a mnemonic device. Another tip is to start with the operations in the brackets, then work your way outwards to the exponents, then perform any division and multiplication, and finally solve for addition and subtraction. You can also use a visual aid, such as a flow chart or a color-coded system, to help you remember the order of operations.

Are there any exceptions to BEDMAS?

Yes, there are a few exceptions to BEDMAS. Some math problems may involve additional operations, such as square roots or logarithms, which should be solved before any other operations. Also, some math problems may have multiple sets of brackets, in which case you should solve the innermost brackets first. It is important to pay attention to the specific instructions given in the problem and adjust the order of operations accordingly.

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