Order of Operations ```Name: Robert N. Status: student Age: N/A Location: N/A Country: N/A Date: N/A ``` Question: When were the order of operations introduced into mathematics? Replies: The "order of operations" were not introduced in the sense that some other order is possible or that the "order of operations" is arbitrary. For example: 5^2 + 3^2 = 25 + 9 = 34 The powers done first followed by the addition. This is very different than (5 + 3)^2 = 8^2 = 64 The addition done first, then the powers. Or the latter is: 5^2 +2*5*3 + 3^2 = 25 + 30 + 9 = 64 using the expansion of a binomial. The order of operations is imbedded in the definition of the various operations. Vince Calder Click here to return to the Mathematics Archives

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