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# As a general rule which operation should be performed first, multiplication or exponentiation?

Question #46057. Asked by Jetjoy. (Apr 04 04 3:44 PM)

Chippy

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Parentheses, Exponents (left to right, meaning P or E whichever is first), Multiply, Divide (again, left to right), Add, Subtract. :)

 Apr 04 04, 4:10 PM
joezhou300

Exponents first, PEMDAS Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.

 Apr 04 04, 4:26 PM
gmackematix

At my school it was BIDMAS which meant Brackets, Indices, Multplication, Dvision, Addition and Subtraction. But as indices indicate exponentiation we come to the same conclusion.
So 2x3^2 = 18 not 36.

 Apr 04 04, 6:47 PM
HighVoltage51

At my school it's BEDMAS. Brackets, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.

 Apr 04 04, 7:02 PM

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