Farrar Posted November 30, 2011 Share Posted November 30, 2011 So, I understand what it is and how it works. What I have never understood is why. And as a result I'm forever forgetting it. I'm pretty good at checking myself when an answer makes no sense and I often forget algorithms for things I don't use that often but I find it pretty easy to reverse engineer it, if that makes sense, because I usually understand what's being asked. (A good example is that problem in the Liping Ma book about dividing by a fraction - I wasn't positive what the procedure was, but it was easy for me to visualize the simple math being done, so I got the right answer, and then checked it against the algorithm as I remembered it then read the answer and it turned out to be correct). But I don't have that innate sense with order of operations so it always passes my reality check even when it's totally wrong. Ds had a problem that required it today (I remembered it in time, but I could have easily forgotten it) and I realized that they'll only have more. Sigh. So, anyone? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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