OpenStudy (anonymous):

okay it's break time for me. it's too much to absorb in one day. maybe this will help me understand and remember this stuff. it's been 20 years. LOL What is the importance of the order of operations?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

And how does it help when doing algebra?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Well. . . without it, there'd be pure anarchy.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

If there were no standard rules to follow, everyone could just make up their own math.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Do you cook and follow recipes at all?

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

yea

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

Well, you know sometimes you have to do things in a certain order. You have to mix your butter and your sugar, etc. to bake your cookies otherwise they won't come out right.

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

It might not be the best analogy :\

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

But, if you have 3 + 7 * 2

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

and you follow ord of operations

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

you get 3 + (14) = 17

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

but if you don't, you get 10 * 2 = 20

7 years ago
OpenStudy (anonymous):

hope this helps

7 years ago