Question from Robert:
To whom it may concern,
I am having some difficulty with the following equation:
200 * 5 / 2  450 + 25
When I work out the equation, I end up getting an answer of 25. This occurs because I am Canadian, thus I always apply the rules of the order of operations known as BEDMAS (Brackets, first; Exponents, second; Division, third; Multiplication, fourth; Addition, fifth; and Subtraction, sixth) and not America's PEMDAS, where multiplication and division are calculated according to which one is furthest to the left, and the same goes for addition and subtraction when dealing with their order. Here is how I would answer this equation:
200 * 5 / 2  450 + 25 = 200 * 2.5  450 + 25
= 500  450 + 25
= 500  475
= 25
However, I am reminded that you may have to pay attention to integers in this equation, particularly during the last few parts of this equation. This is especially true seeing that 450 is actually 450. So when adding 450 + 25, the outcome is 425, thus yielding an answer of 75. Therefore, the second half of the same equation could look like this:
= 500  450 + 25
= 500  425
= 75
Therefore, I would greatly appreciate it if someone could answer this equation stepbystep just to see which way is the right way to answer this troubling equation.
