I though this message suggests an interesting topic for conversation. Please cc
the original news group <TTalk@MathCentral.uregina.ca> in your replies
Judy
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From: "Teacher Talk" <TTalk@MathCentral.uregina.ca>
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 1997 19:51:35 -0700
To: TTalk@MathCentral.uregina.ca
Subject: Re: Is anyone contributing?
Ruth, it looks like we are the only two people at home. I subscribed three
weeks ago and yours was the very first e-mail I received from TeacheTalk.
Well, what if we start talkiing about math? Let me propose the following
question:
If we insist that 6x3 and 6(3) both mean multiplication. And the order of
operations says to compute multiplication and division in order from left
to right, why do we get different answers on a graphing calculator when we
calculate 6/3x(4 + 2) and 6/3(4 + 2)?
Regards,
John Abreu --- jabreu@sfu.ca
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