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    BEDMAS clarified

    Can someone please clarify the precedence of terms in this question:

    3x43(2+1)

    Trying to understand why the 3 is multiplied by the (2+1) before the division? Is this a universally understood precedence or not? Saw on Wikipedia that Wolfram Alpha considers this not the case as a parenthesis discounts the implied multiplication???

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    Re: BEDMAS clarified

    Quote Originally Posted by Mahanen View Post
    3x43(2+1)
    Trying to understand why the 3 is multiplied by the (2+1) before the division?
    It's not.
    3x4(3(2+1)) ; now it is.
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    Re: BEDMAS clarified

    Thanks for your reply Wilmer, that was my first thought - it would need another set of brackets to force the multiplication before the division but i have been marked wrong and my university lecturer in Algebra has told me that implied multiplication precedes the division?
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