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# PEMDAS or BODMAS

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31 Jan 2014, 02:05
Which rule is allowed in GMAT to arrive at an answer? Because for some questions answers differ from each rule.

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31 Jan 2014, 02:16
Prakashankar wrote:
Which rule is allowed in GMAT to arrive at an answer? Because for some questions answers differ from each rule.

Prakash.

There is no difference between these two:

PEMDAS: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
BODMAS: Brackets, Orders (ie Powers and Square Roots, etc.), Division and Multiplication (left-to-right), Addition and Subtraction (left-to-right).

It all means the same thing! It doesn't matter how you remember it, just so long as you get it right.
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20 Dec 2014, 23:01
Hi Just curious to know
what to do first Multiplication, or Division (Got same questions in GMAT )

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21 Dec 2014, 04:30
loveyougmat wrote:
Hi Just curious to know
what to do first Multiplication, or Division (Got same questions in GMAT )

Multiplication and division are at the same rank.
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26 Apr 2016, 16:51
loveyougmat wrote:
Hi Just curious to know
what to do first Multiplication, or Division (Got same questions in GMAT )

Multiplication and Division have the same priority
So remember whenever you encounter any equation with a lot of * and / signs => Mover from Left to right and solve for whichever comes first.
E.g => x*y/z = xy/z and x/y*z = xz/y

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28 Apr 2016, 09:53
Prakash...

I think both should be correct.. they are just different terms.... either way you should have the asnwer

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