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Topic: Re: Proposed changes in how 3-8 and Regents exams are scored (message for
Tzippy)

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 Kathleen_Curtis@pittsford.monroe.edu Posts: 42 Registered: 12/3/04
RE: Proposed changes in how 3-8 and Regents exams are scored
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Posted: Sep 14, 2011 9:16 PM
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I would go with 16. Operations in grouping symbols are first in order of operations but the parentheses here only show multiplication (no operation within). Division first from L to R.

k curtis

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Subject: Re: Proposed changes in how 3-8 and Regents exams are scored (message for Tzippy)

A teacher asked me about a problem in one of the math textbooks. Is there some rule that I am not aware of in the order of operations for multiplication and division from left to right?

Here is the problem:

40 ÷ 5(2)

Does the two in parentheses imply that the multiplication is to be done first or is the problem done L to R with division first? One calculator had 4 for the answer and another had 16.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Gary Furman
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Ellenville Central School District
845-647-0107

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