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Topic: Math symbols
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John Eubanks

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Math symbols
Posted: Jan 10, 2001 8:39 PM
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Hi Everyone:

I teach math at a local community college.

Question: In the old style math symbols (non-computer style)

(3+5)5 evaluates to 40

does (3+5)-5 mean (8)(-5) = -40 or (8)-5 = 3?


Are any schools teaching the computer-style-math symbols, because in this
case there is no problem.

(3+5)*-5 is clearly -40

John Eubanks
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