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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 2 months ago

Can you use PEMDAS instead of the distributive law so it's faster to solve?

For example,

4(8-2)

Can you just do 4 * 6 instead of

4 * 8 - 4 * 2?

The answers are the same, but will it work even if some of the numbers are negative, or fractions, etc?

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  • ted s
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    with number symbols yes....but what about 2 ( x - y² + z ) = ????....where x , y , and z are numbers

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  • Como
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Use whatever you feel comfortable with.

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, that's known as the distributive property.

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  • D g
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    that is how you do it  anyway only a moron would expand it first by multiplying through

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  • 2 months ago

    oh yeah, it will work for all of those things. Either way works! It's really just preference with problems like that. I would simplify that 8-2 first, for example. 

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You do according to PEMDAS for like items

    or use distributive for unlike items.

    BOTH give the same answers otherwise it would break the law!

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes, PEMDAS will work with this to solve it.

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  • 2 months ago

    4(8 - 2)

    You can just do 4 * 6 instead of

    4 * 8 - 4 * 2

    The answers are the same, but it will work even 

    if some of the numbers are negative, or fractions, etc.

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  • david
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    given numbers at every place in the math problem, PEMDAS is actually preferred.  When a problem has variables then algebraic properties like the distributive prop. has to be used.

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  • Pope
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, of course it is the same. That is precisely what the distributive law states.

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