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# What's the answer to this equation?

 View Poll Results: The answer is... 2 101 42.08% 288 139 57.92% Voters: 240. You may not vote on this poll

 04-07-2011, 02:58 PM #26 usernam Registered User     Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Toronto, ON Country: Posts: 10,263 vCash: 500 2 Ainec. 48/2(9+3) 48/2(12) 48/24 2
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now just sit back and enjoy this

 04-07-2011, 02:58 PM #28 JeffMangum Man Girardi     Join Date: Oct 2010 Location: Listening to music Country: Posts: 60,163 vCash: 50 288. 48/2 * (9+3) 9+3 is first, which is obviously 12. Then you get: 48/2 * 12 48/2 is first, because when the order has only Multiplication or Division (or Subtraction and Addition), you just go from the left. So now: 24 * 12. Which = 288. __________________ Soon.
 04-07-2011, 03:01 PM #29 JohnLennon Registered User     Join Date: Mar 2011 Posts: 3,587 vCash: 500 Wow... 7/7=50/50 Now 10/10=50/50 This is weeeird
 04-07-2011, 03:02 PM #30 usernam Registered User     Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Toronto, ON Country: Posts: 10,263 vCash: 500 Also, 48/2(9+3) 48/(18+6) 48/24 2
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 Originally Posted by Steven Mastrosimone 288. 48/2 * (9+3) 9+3 is first, which is obviously 12. Then you get: 48/2 * 12 48/2 is first, because when the order has only Multiplication or Division (or Subtraction and Addition), you just go from the left. So now: 24 * 12. Which = 288.
But you're supposed to eliminate the bracket by multiplying it with what is directly beside it outside the bracket.

2(9+3)=24 not 2x12.

 04-07-2011, 03:02 PM #32 Dutchy Registered User     Join Date: Aug 2003 Location: Montréal, Québec, Ca Country: Posts: 3,422 vCash: 500 I spent 5 minutes looking at it and getting both answers. Then, this is the only thing I could think of:
 04-07-2011, 03:03 PM #33 pine*   Join Date: Feb 2008 Location: Montréal Country: Posts: 8,340 vCash: 500 /thread
 04-07-2011, 03:04 PM #34 Pierre Dagenais RIP Mr. Hockey     Join Date: Jan 2007 Location: montreal Country: Posts: 11,211 vCash: 500 48 -------- = 2 2(9+3)
04-07-2011, 03:04 PM
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 Originally Posted by Baconator Using basic BEDMAS from highschool, I would say the answer to this would be 288. BracketsExponentDivisonMultiplicationAdditionSubtraction
lol Division and Multiplication don't take precedence over the other. Some learned BEDMAS (Brackets exponents division multiplication addition subtractions), others learned PEMDAS (Paranthesis, exponents, Multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).

I got 2, but now am Confused... is going left to right actually a rule in the case of Multiplication and division? Never heard that before.

04-07-2011, 03:04 PM
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 Originally Posted by jbeck5 But you're supposed to eliminate the bracket by multiplying it with what is directly beside it outside the bracket. 2(9+3)=24 not 2x12.
WRONG

 04-07-2011, 03:05 PM #37 JeffMangum Man Girardi     Join Date: Oct 2010 Location: Listening to music Country: Posts: 60,163 vCash: 50 Going left to right is a rule.
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04-07-2011, 03:06 PM
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He's absolulety right.

04-07-2011, 03:06 PM
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 Originally Posted by jbeck5 But you're supposed to eliminate the bracket by multiplying it with what is directly beside it outside the bracket. 2(9+3)=24 not 2x12.
The parentheses come first.

04-07-2011, 03:06 PM
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 Originally Posted by Emanresu Wen now just sit back and enjoy this
Best troll ever

04-07-2011, 03:09 PM
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Says who?

04-07-2011, 03:11 PM
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 04-07-2011, 03:11 PM #44 llamateizer Registered User     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Montreal Country: Posts: 5,961 vCash: 500 its 288 its "badly" written 48 / 2 * ( 9 + 3 ) 48 / 2 * 12 24 * 12 288
04-07-2011, 03:12 PM
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 Originally Posted by MoMo316 He's absolulety right.
no he's not. The brackets only apply when there's an equation in it

once the 9+3 is solved the equation becomes:

48 / 2 * 12

going left to right the answer is 288, not 2

 04-07-2011, 03:13 PM #46 usernam Registered User     Join Date: Dec 2005 Location: Toronto, ON Country: Posts: 10,263 vCash: 500 Look at Pierre Dagenais' post.
04-07-2011, 03:13 PM
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 Originally Posted by jbeck5 But you're supposed to eliminate the bracket by multiplying it with what is directly beside it outside the bracket. 2(9+3)=24 not 2x12.
I'm wondering if 2*12 and 2(12) are considered the same.

Either way, it's a ******** question and just plain sloppy for no reason.

The problem with how it's written online annoys me.

In reality, you use fractions for divisions unless you're in grade 3. Once you use a fraction it would be easily noticeable if the (12) is on top or on bottom.

04-07-2011, 03:14 PM
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 Originally Posted by jbeck5 you typed in 24÷2(9+3)...you would get 2. I tried it on 5 calculators. The reason you're getting 288 is because you're not solving the brackets properly. You solve a bracket my multiplying what's in it right away with the number beside it. Example: 2(4) would switch to 8...not 2*4. In the first step, you're supposed to eliminate that 4 by multiplying it. Therefore 2(9+3) doesn't switch to 2*12...but to 24. In this equation,the 2 is connected to the 3 and 9 right off the bat, but not the 24 at the start.
I just did it on my GRAPHIC calculator. Gives me 288.

04-07-2011, 03:14 PM
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 Originally Posted by jbeck5 You're wrong. Try typing it into a scientific calculator. The calculator is programmed to answer the equation in the proper order. The answer is 2. 24÷2(9+3) Work to get rid of brackets first...making it 24÷12 Making the answer 2 Try it on your own calculator.
It says there's an error and wants to add a multiplication sign between 2 and the opening bracket. When I click on OK, it answers 288, which is the correct answer.

 04-07-2011, 03:14 PM #50 llamateizer Registered User     Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Montreal Country: Posts: 5,961 vCash: 500 there is an error!! you are alll wrong its 312 48 / 2 * ( 9 + 3 ) 48 / 2 * 13 24 * 13 312

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