Thursday, November 12, 2009

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

OK, how many of you remember that phrase?  If you can, you'll get 5 extra points on your next Math test!  Let me jog your memory... think back to fifth grade.

Evaluate  8 + (2 x 5) x 34 ÷ 9 

Please - Parentheses
Excuse - Exponents
My - Multiply
Dear - Divide
Aunt - Add
Sally - Subtract

I have been sitting in the dining room with our fifth grader, Sumter, going over his homework.  Thank goodness he has my math genes and thinks that math is just a big puzzle.  I can remember working out the problems, making sure I did all the operations in the correct order - and loving the challenge.  (Oh no!  I was a math nerd!)

Sumter is putting together a few problems for me to do.  I'll let you know tomorrow if I still have the math "edge".  Oh... and did you get the right answer?


  1. Oh my goodness! This was tougher than I thought! Is the answer 11? Now I am dying to know!

  2. Yes, I love math, too. And I use it everyday!

    You know what's bad? When I first read the title, I was thinking that was the hint to remember the planets. What was that one, anyways??

    Yes, we will be at the Tartan Ball! None of my men will be in kilts, however :(

  3. My 15 year old was the only one who could answer this.... She loves her math! I digress.

    But I know the planet one. My very excellent mother just served us nine pickles. But now I guess we to take away the pickles and say served us 'noodles' ! :)


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