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The Most Important Math Process

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AKA: Order of Operations / Operator Precedence / PEMDAS / BEMDAS

Although there is so much you can do with math, without structure there is no point. If there were no rules to follow, it would be chaos – which is a fascinating math-logical reasoning in and of it-self. The process of the Order of Operations is to define the rules in solving equations. Used in basic arithmetic to calculus, this process is of the utmost importance in methods utilized in Mathematics because it sets the foundation for solving anything.


No one seems to be sure exactly when the Order of Operations took precedence in figuring out the… order of operations. The presence of this procedure can be considered to be influenced by the grammar and language when describing an equation (Peterson, 2000). On the website Dr. Math, it is mentioned that “multiplication has precedence over addition.” I take…

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I am a Co-founder of and Program Coordinator for Math Corps Philadelphia, a combined academic enrichment and mentoring program. I am the author of "Teacher Training Manual: Designed for Secondary Mathematics Teachers of African American Urban Students." I hold a Master of Education degree in Secondary Mathematics and have several years of experience teaching secondary and post-secondary mathematics.

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