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Bodmas Problems
BODMAS was introduced by Achilles Reselfelt. It is a designed to aid the memory for solving mathematic equation or statement. BODMAS used to solve the equation systematically in very step of simplification by using brackets of division, multiplication, addition, subtraction.
For example $\frac{1}{5}$ + 2$\frac{1}{2}$ * 4
In the above example the two operations are addition and multiplication, now there is a problem is whether we should add and then do multiplication or multiply then carry on addition .Here there is a requirement for the BODMAS operation.
How to solve BODMAS problems:
Few examples are given below to show the use of BODMAS to solve the mathematical simple expression.
 $\frac{50}{5}$  20
=  10
2. $\frac{4}{3}$ of $\frac{4}{5}$ + 1$\frac{3}{5}*\frac{3}{3}$
According to rules of BODMAS simplify and then divide
Step1: First simplify and divide the term.
$\frac{4}{3}$ * $\frac{4}{5}$ + $\frac{8}{5}$ * $\frac{3}{3}$
Step 2: Multiply the terms
$\frac{16}{15}$ + $\frac{24}{15}$
Step 3: Addition is carried out from left to right and simplify.
$\frac{40}{15}$ = $\frac{8}{3}$
3. ( 3 + 5  2) * (20  6) * 25  95
Step1: First simplify the term inside simple bracket by BODMAS rule (addition is carried out from left to right)
( 8  2 ) * ( 20  6 ) * 25  95
Step 2: Subtraction is carried out.
6 * 14 * 25  95
Step 3: Multiplication is carried out between the term.
Step 4: Subtract the term.
Simplification of Fractions including brackets using BODMAS
5 x [15 + {3 x 4}]
5 x [15 + 12]
5 x 27
= 135
Example 2: $\frac{1}{7}+\left [\frac{7}{9}(\frac{3}{9}+\frac{2}{9})\frac{2}{9} \right ]$
Step 1: Solve the inner most simple bracket first and simplify the equation
$\frac{1}{7}+\left [ \frac{7}{9}\frac{5}{9}\frac{2}{9} \right ]$
Step 2: Addition and then subtraction are carried out from left to right.
$\frac{1}{7}$ + [ 0 ]
Step 3: Simplify
$\frac{1}{7}$
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From Wikipedia
In mathematics and computer programming, the order of operations (more formally precedence rule) is a rule used to unambiguously clarify which procedures should be performed first in a given mathematical expression.
For example, in mathematics and most computer languages multiplication is done first; in the expression 2 + 3 Ã— 4, the algebraic answer is 14. Parentheses, which have their own rules, may be used to avoid confusion, thus the above expression may also be rendered 2 + (3 Ã— 4).
From the introduction of modern algebraic notation, where juxtaposition indicates multiplication of variables, multiplication took precedence over addition, whichever side of a number it appeared on. Thus 3 + 4 × 5 = 4 × 5 + 3 = 23. When exponents were first introduced, in the 16th and 17th centuries, exponents took precedence over both addition and multiplication, and could be placed only as a superscript to the right of their base. Thus 3 + 5^{2} = 28 and 3 × 5^{2} = 75. To change the order of operations, originally a vinculum (an overline or underline) was used. Today we use parentheses. Thus, to force addition to precede multiplication, we write (2 + 3) × 4 = 20, and to force addition to precede exponentiation, we write (3 + 5)^{2} = 64
The standard order of operations
The standard order of operations, or precedence, is expressed in the following chart.
 terms inside brackets
 exponents and roots
 multiplication and division
 addition and subtraction
This means that if a number or other symbol, or an expression grouped by one or more symbols of grouping, is preceded by one operator and followed by another, the operator higher on the list should be applied first. The commutative and associative laws of addition and multiplication allow the operators +, âˆ’, *, and / to be applied in any order that obeys this rule. The root symbol, âˆš, requires either parentheses around the radicand or a bar (called vinculum) over the radicand. Stacked exponents are applied from the top down.
It is helpful to treat division as multiplication by the reciprocal (multiplicative inverse) and subtraction as addition of the opposite (additive inverse). Thus 3/4 = 3 Ã· 4 = 3 â€¢ Â¼ and 3 âˆ’ 4 = 3 + (âˆ’4), that is, the sum of positive three and negative four.
Symbols of grouping can be used to override the usual order of operations. Grouped symbols can be treated as a single expression. Symbols of grouping can be removed using the associative and distributive laws.
Examples
 \sqrt{1+3}+5=\sqrt4+5=2+5=7.\,
A horizontal fractional line also acts as a symbol of grouping:
 \frac{1+2}{3+4}+5=\frac37+5.
For ease in reading, other grouping symbols (such as curly braces {} or square brackets [] ) are often used along with the standard round parentheses, e.g.
 [(1+2)3](45) = [33](1) = 1. \,
Unfortunately, there exist differing conventions concerning the unary operator âˆ’ (usually read "minus"). In written or printed mathematics, the expression −3^{2} is interpreted to mean −(3^{2}) = −9, but in some applications and programming languages, notably the application Microsoft Office Excel and the programming language bc, unary operators have a higher priority than binary operators, that is, the unary minus (negation) has higher precedence than exponentiation, so in those languages −3^{2} will be interpreted as (−3)^{2} = 9. [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q132686/]. In any case where there is a possibility that the notation might be misinterpreted, it is advisable to use parentheses to clarify which interpretation is intended.
Similarly, care must be exercised when using the slash ('/') symbol. The string of characters "1/2x" is interpreted by the above conventions as (1/2)x. The contrary interpretation should be written explicitly as 1/(2x). Again, the use of parentheses will clarify the meaning and should be used if there is any chance of misinterpretation.
Mnemonics are often used to help students remember the rules, but the rules taught by the use of acronyms can be misleading. In the United States, the acronymPEMDAS or "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" is common. It stands for Parentheses, Exponentiation, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction. In other English speaking countries, Parentheses may be called Brackets, and Exponentiation may be called either Indices, Powers or Orders, and since multiplication and division are of equal precedence, M and D are often interchanged, leading to such acronyms as BEDMAS, BIDMAS, BIMDAS, BODMAS, BOMDAS, BERDMAS, PERDMAS, and BPODMAS.
These mnemonics may be misleading, especially if the user is not aware that multiplication and division are of equal precedence, as are addition and subtraction. Using any of the above rules in the order "addition first, subtraction afterward" would also give the wrong answer.
 10  3 + 2 \,
The correct answer is 9, which is best understood by thinking of the problem as the sum of positive ten, negative three, and positive two.
 10 + (3) + 2 \,
There is a new mnemonic featured in Danica McKellar's books Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math that does address this very issue: "Pandas Eat: Mustard on Dumplings, and Apples with Spice." The intention being that Mustard and Dumplings is a "dinner course" and that Apples and Spice is a "dessert course." Then it becomes not a linear string of operations to do one after the other, but rather the "dinner course" operations are considered together and performed left to right, and then addition and subtraction are considered together, again performed again left to right.
In college mathematics, the rules of priority are (usually) taught correctly, and students are taught the commutative law, associative law, and distributive law, which replace the grade school "rules". The "left to right" rule is not a law of mathematics.
For example,
 17 \times 24 / 12 \,
is much easier whe
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Answers:PEMDAS is what you're thinking of. Parentheses (work left to right from innermost brackets outward) Exponents Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction
Answers:1/x+4 = 0 That's one divided by X+4 Ah, but it isn't. Divide takes precedence over addition (remember BODMAS http://www.mathsisfun.com/operationorderbodmas.html ) so this means (1/x) + 4 = 0 which you can solve (1/x) + 4 = 0 (1/x) = 4 x= 1/4 = 1/4 PS Those who don't believe me and want to mark this down because it's an unpopular answer, try it with http://www.myalgebra.com, an online algebra solver, or any mathematics package such as Maple or Mathematica. You'll get 1/4. PPS Re "Ughh, all three of you said different things!"  a lot of answers are forgetting (and those remembering not explaining) BODMAS; the standard order of operations for arithmetic and algebra. D (for division) is done before A (for addition). So if you saw 1/5+4, that means (1/5) + 4, not 1/(5+4). Likewise, 1/x+4 means (1/x) + 4, not 1/(x+4). PPPS Heather S  noooooo! 1/x=4 1 = 4x .... i.e. multiply both sides by x 1/4 = x ... i.e. divide both sides by 4 x = 1/4 ... simplify
Answers:It would probably be easiest to start with some simple flash cards to gauge what he already knows (unless you already know him). You might could even make some math word problems to hit both English and math at once.
Answers:this short form do helps me 2 remember, that is BODMAS B = Bracket { [ ( ) ] } O = of D = Division / M = Multiplication x A = Addition + S = Subtraction  (8)(5)= x 8 x 5 = x 40 = x x = 40 (if am not wrong)