







What is 5 squared? 
20190910 

From Pori: What is 5 squared? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20190706 

From Carri: What is the answer (( 5 × 12) / 3 ) + 30  50 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Parents, grandparents, great grandparents, ... 
20180228 

From jessica: every person has 2 birth parents, 4 birth grandparents, and so on. These people are known as ancestors. How many ancestors does a person have in each generation? write in exponential form. 3ed generation, greatgrandparents? 4th generation? 10th generation? Answered by Penny Nom. 





20+30*0+1=? 
20161226 

From Mr: 20+30*0+1=? Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 carpenters can build 8 houses in 10 days. 
20160405 

From Kenneth: Hello:
Here is my question:
4 carpenters can build 8 houses in 10 days. 2 carpenters can build how many houses in 15 days?
Here is one solution:
The number of houses built is jointly proportional to the number of carpenters and the number of days. So h = kcd where k is a constant. Substituting the given: 8 = k*40, so k = 1/5. Our formula is then h = cd/5. I'm not sure how to determine whether or not one unit is jointly proportional to any other unit.
However, if 2 carpenters are unknown as in 4 carpenters can build 8 houses in 10 days. How many carpenters can build 6 houses in 15 days? What is the solution using this method? And likewise, if days are unknown, as in 4 carpenters can build 8 houses in 10 days. 2 carpenters can build 6 houses in how many days?
I thank you for your assistance. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20150912 

From Tanisha: I would just like to double check if something like 5x squared times 4x cubed equals 20x to the power of 5??
It's just that we were told you can only answer an equation like this if the base is the same...so does that mean the x part or the whole thing like 5x?
I'm sorry if that didn't make sense!
Thank you for your help!! Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is 20 and 3/5 of 10? 
20141126 

From Jeannine: What is 20 and 3/5 of 10? Question is written exactly this way.
Is this 20 3/5 times 10 (103/5 times 10), or is it 20 and (3/5 times 10)? Answered by Penny Nom. 





50+913 multiplied by 2= 
20140625 

From Adrian: 50+913 multiplied by 2= Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ratios 
20140418 

From Kenneth: Should ratios contain only whole numbers and not any fractional numbers?
For example, 8:1, 2:5 have whole numbers. The ratios 2.5:10 and 1:4.5 do not have just whole numbers entirely.
If it is incorrect to express a ratio with fractional numbers, why are complex fractions correct?
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Ratios 
20140418 

From Kenneth: Should ratios contain only whole numbers and not any fractional numbers?
For example, 8:1, 2:5 have whole numbers. The ratios 2.5:10 and 1:4.5 do not have just whole numbers entirely.
If it is incorrect to express a ratio with fractional numbers, why are complex fractions correct?
I thank you for your reply. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Order of operations 
20140204 

From Alex: Hi there,i got problem with order of operation.Can you please help to find a solution for this?
Thank u beforehand
63(7+2)+(2+4)/34. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A sequence of operations, in order 
20130920 

From jen: multiply 46x23
add 342
divide by 70
subtract 5
I not sure what the answer is..i need to know the answer..thanks.. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A messy arithmetic expression 
20130224 

From niiaryee: (((((5^2*4^3)1/5+9^3/3)+(25+(4*5)/15)^210)/10/2)3))))) Answered by Penny Nom. 





4*4+4*4+44*4=??? 
20130206 

From Jacky: 4*4+4*4+44*4=??? Answered by Penny Nom. 





3x6)+(12divided by2)8= ? 
20121217 

From christina: hi my question that's been bothering me is what's
(3x6)+(12divided by2)8= ????? Answered by Penny Nom. 





4+4x5+4= ? 
20121031 

From Bob: 4+4x5+4= ? Answered by Harley Weston. 





5 + 5 + 5  5 + 5 + 5  5 + 5 x 0 = 
20120729 

From Tom: 5 + 5 + 5  5 + 5 + 5  5 + 5 x 0 = Answered by Harley Weston. 





93(2+6)/62*5 
20120608 

From Sammi: Hi there,
I am doing a practice test for my admittance into a college accounting program
and I am really confused by this equation.
The answer I got was way off what the test answer sheet says it should be.
The question is
93(2+6)/62*5
If you could explain how the answer beccomes 35 that would be greatly apprciated!!
Thank you! Answered by Robert Dawson. 





 16 x 6 / 2 
20110909 

From Nadiyah: i dont understand how to answer this question ;
 16 x 6 / 2
i still dont understand it with bedmas
/ = divison
please help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





PEDMAS 
20110410 

From Ross: 48 ÷ 2 (9+3)
Is the answer 2 or 288? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Order of operations 
20100207 

From addie: (3+10) x 10  8 x 4 = Answered by Penny Nom. 





(24x3)+(7x8)(20/5)+(4x7) 
20091201 

From Marilyn: (24x3)+(7x8)(20/5)+(4x7)
Thought I had the answer but the form says no. Could you solve it for me please. Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 squared and (4) squared 
20090929 

From Andrea: Is 4 squared the same as (4) squared? I am thinking the first is 16 and the second is +16. I am trying to clarify for my students. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Evaluating x^2 + (yz  3)^2 
20090928 

From Kathy: My daughter and I are having trouble solving this equation:
x²+ (yz – 3)²
if x=4,y=2 and z=0
We are having difficulty with the x² part of the equation. Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20090924 

From aman: my question is regarding the fact
i have a formula which looks like this :
(ratio 1 + ratio 2 divided by 2)
so my question is do i add first then divide by 2 or do it all together Answered by Penny Nom. 





Augmented matrix: independent, dependent, or inconsistent? 
20090223 

From Anna: Perform row operations on the augmented matrix as far as necessary to determine whether the system is independent, dependent, or inconsistent.
x + y + z = 11
x  y + 3z = 5
2x + 2y + 2z = 15 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Using the augmented matrix 
20081017 

From Karlena: I am supposed to write the augmented matrix of the system and use the matrix method to solve the system. I must show my work algebraically
x+y+2z=30
2x+3y+2z=53
x+2y+3z=47 Answered by Harley Weston. 





An associative binary operation 
20080908 

From Skye: Suppose that * is an associative binary operation on a set S. Show that the set H={a E S such that a*x=x*a for all x E S} is closed under *. (We think of H as consisting of all elements of S that commute with every element in S.)
Thanks! Answered by Harley Weston. 





BEDMAS 
20080812 

From Rebecca: I have 3 questions.
1) I don't really understand BEDMAS.Im going in to the 6th grade and im
kind of nervis about it.?
2)When you're doing BEDMAS what does the small 3 or 2 above the
other numerals mean?
3)How would you answer this:5+2 x 9  9 x 12= ?? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Why does 2^2 = 4 when 2 * 2 = 4? 
20080422 

From blaine: Why does 2^2 = 4 when 2 * 2 = 4? Answered by Penny Nom. 





10  3 + 2 
20080221 

From Amrit: what 103+2
is it 5 or 9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Numbers and Operations 
20080202 

From Charlotte: On the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) test, one of the categories
is number operation. I would like to know what consist of number operation. Answered by Penny Nom. 





An augmented matrix 
20071129 

From Beth: I am having troubles fiinding this augnmented matrix. I know how to do it
but everytime i do it it get a different answer and its not the right answer.
Could you help me to make sure I do it right?
Here is the problem:
4x  3y = 5
2x +9y = 6 Answered by Harley Weston. 





(322 x 5) divided by 2 + 8 
20071128 

From Kim: Solve
(322 x 5) divided by 2 + 8 Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Order of operations 
20071017 

From Devon: What function precedes the other? ie; 18  4 x2 = Answered by Penny Nom. 





15 divided by 5a 
20071012 

From Susan: Is "5a" considered an expression to be solved first, or do you simply go in PEMDAS order with the 15 divided by 5 in the following problem: Evaluate when a = 2 15 divided by 5a Answered by Penny Nom. 





Simplifying algebraic expressions 
20071009 

From Sakeena: (2^2*3)^x+1/2^2x*3x Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Solving arithmetic problems in the right order (BEDMAS) 
20071005 

From Kim: 3+4x2(10 divided by 5)= what? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Binary operations 
20070730 

From jim: prove or disprove:
Every binary operation on a set consisting of a single element is both commutative and associative.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Is 2^2 = 4 or 4? 
20070123 

From Joan: Is 2 squared, when written without parentheses around the 2, 4 or could this correctly be solved by squaring 2 (2 x 2) for an answer of 4? Or, to correctly get an answer of 4, would the problem have to read (2) squared? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Answer to skill testing question 
20070118 

From Mike: This question was on a ballot. Is the right answer 36 or 1? 5+21X6= Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Fill in the signs 
20061207 

From Ujwala: 4$4$4$4=20 Fill in the signs in the place of dollor symbol. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





(2324/4)525+214 
20061015 

From Sherin: (2324/4)525+214 Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20060924 

From Partick: if you have a question like this (4)(4)+(4)+4 how do you solve it step by step Answered by Penny Nom. 





what is 8+(2)(5)/4(1)4(2+3) 
20060908 

From Jordan: what is 8+(2)(5)/4(1)4(2+3) Answered by Paul Betts. 





16X27+32÷426 
20060820 

From Amanda: The question was 16X27+32÷426. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Order of operations 
20060629 

From Jaden:
(1) A triangle has vertices at (3,3) (7,3) and (2,5). What is the area of the triangle?
Is there a way of doing this so that you dont have to graph it? If the x axis is horizontal can i say it is the base and the yaxis is horizontal meaning the height. Would I be able to do this...3 to 7>9 spaces, 3 to 5>7 spaces9(7)63/2=31.5
(2) A cube has a surface area of 54 square centimeters. What is the volume of the cube in cubic centimeters?
Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Order of Operations 
20060629 

From Marcy: I have been having problems with this skill testing question. I know the rules of operation but I don't understand why they would put it in brackets. Can you help me. I have two answers but I would like to know which one is right. Im having a disagreement with a friend over this matter. Thank you so much
[ (20 + 82  6) ÷ 16 ] x 14 Answered by Steve La Rocque and Paul Betts. 





Ordre des opérations 
20060407 

From Chantal: 1435/5x2364= j'aimerais savoir la reponse et que veux dire la barre / Answered by Claude Tardif. 





BEDMAS 
20060321 

From Andie: It's been a long time since I've used bedmas. I'm still confused as to what the answer to this question would be.
30  (2 x 9) + (15/3)= Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20060131 

From Janielle: What Do All the Letters In BEDMAS Stand for? Answered by Penny. 





BEDMAS 
20051124 

From Judy: My name is Judy and I am a grade 6 teacher.
We have just started our lessons on the order of operations and my students have asked me why we have BEDMAS and what is the logic to it.
Is there a reason that that we do math in this particular order?
Who invented this rule or how was it decided on and when? Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





BEDMAS 
20050901 

From A student: I am a student and am wondering about the answer to this question.
56/2(31)
is the answer 7?
Answered by Harley Weston. 





Strategies for teaching operations with positive and negative decimal numbers 
20050202 

From Erin: I am wondering if you can suggest any strategies for teaching operations with positive and negative decimal numbers that do not rely on rules that must be memorized? Answered by Diane Hanson. 





Order of operations 
20041110 

From Andrew: I'm trying to solve this question, and I can't seem to remember the rules back from my high school days.
(40 x 8 ) / 2 + 55  15 =
Can you help me with the answer? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Bedmas 
20041109 

From Fariha: i have a single line question and am not sure of the method
it would be appreciated if u could send me a method and a solution Q : 1 + 9 / 2 + 5 * 1000
would this be solved by BEDMAS? if not, why? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bedmas 
20041030 

From Gina: I am just curious whether Bedmas would be used in the following question as it is not in the typical Bedmas format.
Multiply 12 x 24
Add 26
Divide by 2
Subtract 7
Would we go about doing it in the sequence it is given or in Bedmas ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20040904 

From Leanne: 6 + 3  2 x 3 = Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Combined operations 
20040826 

From Louise: Question 2 1/4 x 1/8 / 1 3/4 x 12 4/9 x 3 = Answered by Penny Nom. 





50/5x  y 
20040822 

From Rick: Niece has a question that was marked wrong but we are unable to determine how the teacher calculated and arrived at the answer? The problem was as follows:
50 / 5x  y =
x=5
y=1 Answered by Harley Weston and Leeanne Boehm. 





(3x50)+20/5=? 
20040403 

From A student: what is the answer to:
(3x50)+20/5=? Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20040320 

From Brad: I am in grade 7. My teacher tells me brackets always first, well i know that but, 5 (4) x 2
Does the (4) count as a bracket or is it just telling you not to minus 4 from 5 but to multiply 5 x 4 ? Am i correct? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20040128 

From John:
I am trying to find out any information concerning the development of the order of operations. for example, when (why/how) did it become the case that 2 + 3 x 5 =17, rather than 25.
any insight is appreciated. Thank you.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20040121 

From Jessica and her mom:
my mom and I were wondering 2 things.
1. what is the reason for having bedmas.
2. 5+54+[6x3(6+13x2) 5+9]
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20030907 

From Brian:
It has to do with the 4 rules of operations, Parentheses first before operations outside/evaluate all exponential expressions/all multiplication and divisions/then all additions and subtractions. Who made these rules and when did they make them,,, I know its somewhat of an unorthadox question but I must know. I would really appreciate it. Answered by Penny Nom. 





43(m+1)=(38) 
20030625 

From Jamie:
I have a problem, like most of your mailers, I do remember BEDMAS but maybe I'm missing the finer points! It's been a while, he goes 43(m+1)=(38) Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20030531 

From Kristie: (3x50)+20/5=?
I know bedmas but i forget how to do it. Answered by Penny Nom. 





38 minus 10 plus 12 divided by 4 times 16 
20030423 

From James: please help me work this math problem 38 minus 10 plus 12 divided by 4 times 16 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Order of operations 
20030216 

From A student: How is the order of operation used in everyday life other than in a math class or at school? Also .... Can you give me a list of all the mathematician that are still living that uses the order of operation? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Order of operations 
20030215 

From Debbie: Question: 20(9+4)x7=? Possible answer 71 or 49? Answered by Penny Nom. 





BEDMAS 
20030209 

From Stefanie: I do remember the rules of BEDMAS, but for some reason this question puzzles me. 6 X 9  3 + 44 I started with the Multiplication 54  3 + 44 But then I got stuck, do I proceed with adding the 44 and subtracting the 3 or figure out what 3 + 44 is, but then how would that work with 54?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Augmented matrix 
20021231 

From Michelle: I am trying to augment a matrix so that i can find the values of the variables a, b, and c. For the life of me i can't find a solution to the matrix: 3 5 2 ' 22 2 3 1 ' 9 4 3 3 ' 1 I thank you for your help, Michelle Answered by Penny Nom. 





Number play 
20020924 

From Julie: Organize these numbers and the operations so that each equation is correct. Use each coice only once per equation.
36 18 12 6  + ( ) /
_________________________ = 22
_________________________ = 41 Answered by Claude Tardif. 





3810+12divided by4multiplied by 16 
20020830 

From Brenda: my math question is as follows: 3810+12divided by4multiplied by 16=? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20020718 

From Danna: I would like to know how to solve this type of problem; I already have the answer. Problem: 2 [5 (4 + 6)  2] = 96 Also, what do you call this type of problem? Thanks a lot. Answered by Penny Nom. 





8/13*26/27 
20020501 

From Arias: 8/13*26/27= Answered by Penny Nom. 





An augmented matrix 
20020420 

From A student: Hi my math teacher asked us to solve an augmented matrix. I am in twelfth grade and need help. The book we are working on is college algebra. Here it is a+2b+c=0 2a+5b+4c=1 ab9c=5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is wrong with these probelms? 
20010209 

From Cindy: Hi, I am a planning on becomming a teacher and i am asked to find out what is wrong with these probelms and how i would go about showing a student what is wrong with them!! Error in patterns: 13/35=1/5; 27/73=2/3; 16/64=1/4 4/5+2/3=6/8; 2/5+3/4=5/9; 7/8+1/3=8/11 2/3*3=6/9; 1/4*6=6/24; 4/5*2=8/10 Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20001126 

From Margaret Pratt: My daughter has a math question and I am afraid I am of no help. Can you help? 2x5/2+15= She arrives at 8 as the answer and has been told this is incorrect. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20000919 

From Nicole: the problem is, 4x818 divided by 6= do you solve this by doing 4x8=32 then by dividing 18by 6= 3, then subtracting 3 from 32 = 29? If not what is the order of operation? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Eligibility in a contest 
20000314 

From Ken Rabley: Hi, hoping you can help. Dispute among coworkers. Tell me, what is the correct answer to the following question: 1936 + (2406/4812) x (4756  3256) + 1250 Seems this is the question for eligibility in a contest...We have come up with various solutions, all which may be correct. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20000227 

From Mildred Saulsbery: Find the value of the expression. 6(5+1)  9(1+1) _____________ 5(8  6) 2^{3} Answered by Harley Weston. 





Pi 
20000222 

From Shelley Collier: Numbers that can be written in the form p/q where p and q are integers, (q not 0), are known as rational numbers. What you are missing is that p and q must be integers. The fact that Pi is irrational means that you can't have a circle with both the circumference and diameter being integers. In fact you can't even have the circumference and diameter both rational since the quotient of two rationals is again a rational. Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
20000116 

From Dorothy: I was wondering if you could tell me where I can get some info. on how to solve the following problem. I was given the answer but I don't know how it is solved. 4+2x(6x2)5=23 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Order of operations 
19991025 

From Garrett: 99*(57+76)*91085/9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





(5)^2, 5^2 and (5)^2 
19991013 

From Jennifer Brown: What is the difference between the following problems: (5)^{2}, 5^{2} and (5)^{2} Our text book (Beginning Algebra, fourth edition, published by McGraw Hill, by Streeter, Huthison and Hoetzle) says the second and third problem are exactly the same. I don't see how that can be. Is there a mathematical rule that explains this? Answered by Penny Nom. 





8*(5a)=15 
19990922 

From Shelby: 8*(5a)=15 i cannot get this question!! please help me!! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Linear programming and optimization 
19990409 

From Shams: What is Linear programming and optimization? Answered by Jack LeSage and Penny Nom. 





Operations Research 
19981008 

From Lisa Barrett: What is the history of operations research and the study of linear programming? Answered by Judi McDonald. 





Priority of operations 
19961104 

From Wallace: What is the answer to this problem? Let x=2 and y=3. Evaluate 12x / 2y (if the old division sign is used). Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Ordre des opérations 
20060515 

From Chantal: 2324/4153+619= je sais pas comment calculer merci Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Opérations de base 
20030705 

From AnneMarie: Je m'appelle AnneMarie et je suis enseignante de 5e année à l'école Domaine des copains de Balmoral au NouveauBrunswick. Récemment, j'ai participé à un concours intitulé: Budweiser King Pack Nascar Hat Promo. Afin de réclamer le prix, qui est une casquette, je devais répondre à une question réglementaire. Il s'agissait d'une phrase mathématique qui se présentait comme suit: 4 x 26  24 / 8 = qui se lit: 4 fois 26 moins 24 divisé par 8 Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Fractions 
20030510 

From Jacques: Voici la question qu'il pose: 2 x (1/2+1/4) + 3 + 2 x (1/31/4). La reponse est 4 2/3. Pourriez m'expliquer etapes par etapes ce que je dois faire. Answered by Claude Tardif et Diane Hanson. 

