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Dave Slomer

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Re: Calculator question
Posted: Jul 23, 1998 11:40 AM
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>Jerry Brodkey wrote:

>> One of my former students who is now starting to teach asked me the
>> following question for which I don't have a good answer;
>> On the TI-82: 10/5*2 equals 4
>> but 10/5(2) equals 1.

This is the (in)famous "implied multiplication" which takes precedence over

>> The order of operations rules that I've been using for twenty years
>> agree with the answer equal to one. Multiplication and division are
>> "equal" in power and you work from left to right. The parentheses in

>> case don't change the order of operations.

OK. Not (in)famous--INfamous. TI just shouldn'ta done it. They did it to
make sin 2x mean sin(2x)--noble goal, but caused problems, such as the one
here. Graph the line "y equals one-half of x" via y1=1/2x. Ya get a

This feature (it is NOT a bug--it was carefully planned) is not present on
the 83 and up but IS on the 85 (which predates even the 82).

Dave Slomer
Retired AP Calculus teacher
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