Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:06 PM
and got the wrong answer, 1 instead of 9.
I don't want to debate which answer is right. I'm a math teacher, and I did some research specifically on the subject and 9 is the right answer.
I just want to know
1- what is the behaviour of other models?
2- is there any explanation of this in the manual (I couldn't find any)?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:31 PM
PEMDAS: Original: 6/2(1+2) Parentheses: 6/2(3) Multiplication: 6/6 Division: 1 Answer: 1
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:39 PM
I am not sure what the other models do, but isn't 6/2(1+2) == 1?PEMDAS: Original: 6/2(1+2) Parentheses: 6/2(3) Multiplication: 6/6 Division: 1 Answer: 1
PEMDAS Paretheses 6/2(3) Multiplication AND division, from left to right: 3(3) Answer: 9
the answer on your calculator will be the right one: 9, though the PEMDAS process is the same...
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:45 PM
I remember this was discussed some time ago, too and there were pros and cons of what answer is right. I just can't find the topic.
No matter what your researches were, from fx's point of view the correct answer is 1, since the implied multiplications (multiplications with the multiplication symbol OMITTED) have a higher priority over the × and ÷ operators in fx. So calculation in fx is being more natural than being rock-algorithmic.
In the manual look at Chapter 2 (Manual Calculation) section "Calculation Priority Sequence": Number 7 (Abbreviation multiplication format in front of parenthesis) has a higher priority than Number 10 ( / ).
I think the thought beyond this is that people naturally prioritize implied multiplications in their calculations (and to some extent is correct, say what's the difference between sinxy and sinx×y?). Therefore you should not (!) assume there is a multiplication sign there already. Anyway PEMDAS doesn't mention implied calculations.
btw in ClassPad all forms of multiplication have the same priority and this results in 9.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 09 July 2012 - 02:56 PM
Actually not:PEMDAS Paretheses 6/2(3) Multiplication AND division, from left to right: 3(3) Answer: 9...
Ah, I see. I was taught that it was multiplication, then division, but I guess its not? Or are there two methods?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 03:06 PM
There is no warning that the result could be different. It is said as if it makes no difference, which is right mathematically, but wrong considering the behaviour of the calculator.
Multiplication Operations Without a Multiplication Sign
You can omit the multiplication sign (×) in any of the following operations.
Before an open parenthesis
Example 3 3(5+6), (A+1)(B-1), etc.
Once again, if I can omit the × sign as said in the manual, then writing
should get me the same result, right?
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:21 PM
They have the same priority and have left-to-right associativity.
I was taught that it was multiplication, then division
Then they have to make it clearer and that the result can be different. And in the part you mentioned they have already put references to the priority section.
There is no warning that the result could be different.
"Being able to omit it" and "the result being changed" are two different stories. The manual didn't say result doesn't change -- it made a big mistake; yes.
Once again, if I can omit the × sign as said in the manual, then writing 6/2×(2+1) as 6/2(2+1) should get me the same result, right?
You know, I'm not myself a big fan of this kind of prioritizing. It can confuse those newly learning algebra (am I an education specialist? ) Even ClassPad doesn't do this.
Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:47 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:31 PM
And they should elaborate more on it in their manual.
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