Date: May 14, 1995 8:56 PM
Author: Richard Fouchaux
Subject: Re(2): Order of operations (fwd)

>Consider the distributive property using only the "left to right" order of

>operations and doing parenthesis first.

>4(3 + 2) = 4 x 3 + 4 x 2

> 4(5) = 12 + 4 x 2

>20 = 16 x 2

>20 = 32

It seems to me you've mixed notation systems right off the bat. If we're

reading from left to right the parentheses in 4(3+2) are meaningless to begin

with, but however we interpret the

true in the notation system we already use.

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