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# What is a Bodmas formula and how to use it

Bodmas stands for "brackets, orders, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction".

It is the order of how Microsoft Excel works out how to perform the order of calculations.

An example would be 8 + 2 * 5. You might look at this equation and come to the answer of 50. However, excel would return an answer of 18. This difference is that because of the bodmas model excel will run the equation this way 2 * 5 + 8. Where there is a * (multiplication) or a / (division) coming after a + (plus) or - (minus) excel will always use the bodmas model and reverse this equation.

To overcome this the user can enforce the equation to be calculated the way it is shown by using brackets, so the equation above would look like this;

=(8+2)*5

This would return 50.

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