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Order of operations - parenetheses

  1. Jun 26, 2012 #1
    Is there a better/different way of indicating the order of operations in a mathematical expression - other than using parentheses?
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  3. Jun 26, 2012 #2
    Why? What's wrong with parentheses?
  4. Jun 26, 2012 #3


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  5. Jun 27, 2012 #4


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    Ah, prefix and postfix notation. I remember when I took an intro to programming class as an undergrad, I had to write a program that converted from prefix/postfix to infix, in Pascal. That was fun. :biggrin:
  6. Jun 27, 2012 #5
    Number Nine! Nothing wrong with brackets. Just curiosity. When I studied OOO when I was kid 40 years ago, I studied different types of brackets and their order of precedence. Now, no one uses all these types of brackets, just ordinary brackets with nesting as needed.

    Just curiosity to know if there is an alternate and better way.
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