BODMAS or PEMDAS

03252015, 03:01 AM
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BODMAS or PEMDAS
Hello,
Was hoping someone could clarify if this is a known fault, or am I overlooking something. Recently someone posted on LinkedIn the following brain teaser 6÷2(1+2)= stating that 9 out of 10 people get this wrong. Well it seems that even the HP Prime cannot decide which is the correct way to solve. If I enter as written whilst in "Algebraic" entry mode I get 9 as the answer. But if I then use "Textbook" entry mode I get 1 as the answer. This seems to fall into the great debate as to whether you use BODMAS or PEMDAS. Lloyd 

03252015, 06:00 AM
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RE: BODMAS or PEMDAS
(03252015 03:01 AM)lloydc61 Wrote: Hello, Yes, the great debate. How's about 6 2 / 1 2 + * or 6 2 1 2 + * / Works like magic. 

03252015, 06:22 AM
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RE: BODMAS or PEMDAS
(03252015 03:01 AM)lloydc61 Wrote: Well it seems that even the HP Prime cannot decide which is the correct way to solve. If I enter as written whilst in "Algebraic" entry mode I get 9 as the answer. But if I then use "Textbook" entry mode I get 1 as the answer. This seems to fall into the great debate as to whether you use BODMAS or PEMDAS. BODMAS vs PEMDAS ... I'm not sure I see any distinction other than using synonyms. [B]rackets are [p]arentheses, and [o]rders are [e]xponents. DM vs MD ... there's no difference, esp. if you think of division as being multiplication of inverse (would would be [e]xponent/[o]rder of (1) followed by multiplication  I suppose that would also be a [p]arentheses/[b]racket first if we want to be really technical about division) As for algebraic mode vs textbook mode... shouldn't they behave differently (just like RPN behaving differently from either)? Otherwise they'd just be the same mode, right? Moreover, they're entry modes, not an implementation of order of operations (which is actually the same for all modes, and occurs after completed entry). Graph 3D  QPI  SolveSys 

03252015, 07:07 AM
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RE: BODMAS or PEMDAS
(03252015 06:22 AM)Han Wrote:(03252015 03:01 AM)lloydc61 Wrote: Well it seems that even the HP Prime cannot decide which is the correct way to solve. If I enter as written whilst in "Algebraic" entry mode I get 9 as the answer. But if I then use "Textbook" entry mode I get 1 as the answer. This seems to fall into the great debate as to whether you use BODMAS or PEMDAS. Yes, that is my point, the two modes are just entry differences in the way the equation is shown, the end result should be the same I would have thought. 

03252015, 11:26 AM
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03252015, 01:01 PM
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(03252015 03:01 AM)lloydc61 Wrote: But if I then use "Textbook" entry mode I get 1 as the answer. I get 9 using Textbook, with and without the implied multiplication. What are you entering? Bob Prosperi 

03252015, 03:20 PM
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RE: BODMAS or PEMDAS
(03252015 07:07 AM)lloydc61 Wrote: Yes, that is my point, the two modes are just entry differences in the way the equation is shown, the end result should be the same I would have thought. Your interpretation of "entry differences" is that the same key presses are displayed different but should yield the same result. That is not (and should not be) correct. The correct interpretation is that they are different entry modes so that you would have to enter your input differently in order to get the same results using a different entry mode. For example, in RPN mode I cannot press the keys [2] [+] [3] in that order and have it yield the same result as in algebraic mode (the former leads to an error and the latter correctly yields 5). In textbook mode, an integral (using the template) is entered very differently from algebraic mode, so trying the same sequence of keys would assuredly not give the same results (in textbook mode, if you use the template, you actually have to navigate with the arrow keys). Graph 3D  QPI  SolveSys 

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