A self marking exercise testing the application of BIDMAS, an acronym describing the order of operations used when evaluating expressions.
This is level 2; Evaluate the simple expressions using the correct order of operations. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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Level 1 - Click on the operations in the correct order.
Level 2 - Evaluate the simple expressions using the correct order of operations.
Level 3 - Evaluate the harder expressions using the correct order of operations.
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BIDMAS is an acronym reminding pupils of the order of operation used when evaluating expressions involving a number of different operations. The letters of BIDMAS stand for:
When only addition and subtraction (or only multiplication and division) are left in an expression you should work them out in the order you find them, starting from the left and working towards the right. The blue image of the letters above has been designed to show that multiplication and division have the same importance as the letter M is in the same position as the letter D. The same can be said for the letters A and S.
For example, to evaluate the expression 32 + 5 x 7 - (4 - 3)
Work out the brackets first which gives 32 + 5 x 7 - 1
Then the indices 9 + 5 x 7 - 1
Then the multiplication 9 + 35 - 1
Then the addition and subtraction in the order they are given
The answer is 43
PEMDAS is an alternative acronym.
Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can double-click the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.