## To have wanted to alter this maths display

(36 Posts)
Fri 05-Oct-12 22:25:01

Was in a year 6 class today doing supply. Looked at the displays up and one of them was clearly wrong. It was the BIDMAS display but the teacher had done it as BI*MD*AS. With the meaning of the letters next to it. Schools will teach it as BIDMAS - and it does make a difference.

But how do you point out a mistake to a professional colleague at a school you want to go back to?

Fri 05-Oct-12 22:48:51

If we're being maths nerds

But calculation is such a long word!!!

Finbert Fri 05-Oct-12 22:50:14

woffling just what I was going to say

Fri 05-Oct-12 22:52:18

I did kind of think when I wrote down "sum". Honest

Apparently (according to Wiki) New Zealand uses PEMA to emphasise the equal importance of multiplication and division, then addition and subtraction.

Such an advanced country compared to ours

ExitPursuedByAaaaaarGhoul Fri 05-Oct-12 22:52:23

<scream>

Himalaya Fri 05-Oct-12 23:06:56

Shouldnt it be BPMDAS?!?

Soupqueen Fri 05-Oct-12 23:56:49

Nothing really useful to add, but as a child who really struggled with maths, I would have found that abbreviation so useful. My higher maths was achieved more through stubbornness than understanding.....

Sat 06-Oct-12 08:21:27

himalaya - B & P mean the same thing - brackets or parentheses.

Himalaya Sat 06-Oct-12 08:27:29

Kim - I know, but P for power makes more sense than I for Integer or O for order - I could never remember what that was supposed to stand for... Although powers are intuitively something to do early on.

Sat 06-Oct-12 08:39:02

Ooops - sorry - didn't see you replaced the O with a P!!

Himalaya Sat 06-Oct-12 08:50:13

Thinking about starting a baby names thread - "which do you prefer Bodmas or Sohcahtoa?"

Notafoodbabyanymore Sat 06-Oct-12 10:50:58

It was BIMDAS for us in Australia. As others have pointed out, it doesn't actually matter which way around the M and D are anyway.

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