__Algebra - Order of Operations__
## BODMAS or BIDMAS
This all sounds very complicated and confusing, but as with most other topics,
the key is to break it down and work through it slowly and thoroughly.
### Why do we need an Order of Operations?
Look at this calculation ... 5 + 2 x 4
If you work from left to right - you would get, 5 + 2 = 7 and then 7 x 4 = 28
try this with a scientific calculator .... the result is 13!
Which answer is correct? You guessed it - the calculator. It did the multiplication first,
2 x 4 = 8, and then added the 5, 8 + 5 = 13 ✔
So, we need to know which calculation to do first - which order to do the operations in.
The Order of Operations is just a set rules to tell you which order you must do operations (like add, subtract, multiply etc) to get the correct answer.
### Is it BODMAS or BIDMAS? - They both mean the same. It doesn't matter
what you call it as long as your child understands it, |