1. ## 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???

Thanks

2. ## Re: BEDMAS clarified

Originally Posted by Mahanen
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.

3. ## 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?