Cultural Mnemonics

I was browsing through an American study guide and it recommended remembering the order of arithmetic operations through this mnemonic:

PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) –
Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

Locally, I learnt and teach kids this:
Brackets, Order, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.

According to this wiki page, this is the UK way.

Another interesting one is
SOHCAHTOA – for the three trigonometric functions.
Locally, we teach students to remember “Toa Cah Soh” which in a local dialect actually means Big Feet Aunty.

This entry was posted in Fun Stuff, General. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Cultural Mnemonics

  1. ivanuzz says:

    I’ve learned a mnemonic for the recomended order of the function to integrate, it is (in spanish) ILATE for: Inversas, Logar√≠tmicas, Algebraicas, Trigonom√©tricas y Exponenciales.

  2. Michael says:

    SOHCAHTOA = ‘Some Old Houses Can Always Hide Their Old Age’ and there are variants: Some Old Hags etc…’

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>