### PEMDAS is NOT a Word

Here is why I believe that the PEMDAS method for remembering the order of operations should NOT be used: 1. PEMDAS is not a word. In general, I believe that for mnemonic devices to have the greatest impact, they should be easy to remember words. PEMDAS is not easy to remember and PEMDAS is not even a word. 2. PEMDAS implies to students that there are six steps in the order of operations: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction, when in fact, there are only four steps in the order of operations. How can we expect students to properly…