A self marking exercise testing the application of BIDMAS, an acronym describing the order of operations used when evaluating expressions.
This is level 2; Evaluate the simple expressions using the correct order of operations. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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Level 1 - Click on the operations in the correct order.
Level 2 - Evaluate the simple expressions using the correct order of operations.
Level 3 - Drag the brackets onto the calculations to make them correct.
Level 4 - Evaluate the harder expressions using the correct order of operations.
Level 5 - Find the number that exploded in each of these calculations.
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BIDMAS is an acronym reminding pupils of the order of operation used when evaluating expressions involving a number of different operations. The letters of BIDMAS stand for:
When only addition and subtraction (or only multiplication and division) are left in an expression you should work them out in the order you find them, starting from the left and working towards the right. The blue image of the letters above has been designed to show that multiplication and division have the same importance as the letter M is in the same position as the letter D. The same can be said for the letters A and S.
For example, to evaluate the expression 32 + 5 x 7 - (4 - 3)
Work out the brackets first which gives 32 + 5 x 7 - 1
Then the indices 9 + 5 x 7 - 1
Then the multiplication 9 + 35 - 1
Then the addition and subtraction in the order they are given
The answer is 43
PEMDAS is an alternative acronym.
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Monday, March 20, 2017
"Knowing BIDMAS may help you win prizes in game shows!
Thursday, June 13, 2019
"I have just noticed something I hadn’t realised about the Windows calculator. When running in standard mode it operates LTR (2+3x5=25) while in scientific mode it obeys the normal order of operations (2+3x5=17). Worth knowing when learning about BIDMAS or PEMDAS
Dave Grochocki, Twitter
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Natalie M. Capps, @NatalieMCapps
Friday, November 4, 2022
"I haven’t heard of BIMDAS. We use GEMDAS to be Groupings then Exponents followed by Mult/Divide from left to right and finish with Add/Subtract from left to right. MDAS happens in order inside groupings.
I’m in the US, Virginia to be exact. It was PEMDAS when I was a kid and when I started teaching. Within the last 5-10 years, it’s switched in our area to GEMDAS as a way to prep vocabulary and thinking for more advanced math courses that go beyond simple parentheses."