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# 48/2(9+3) =? Since everyone is talking about it..

Apr 9, 2011, 3:13pm   #46
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 Originally Posted by KarraAnn ^ yes but it makes a big difference in how someone I interprets the equation. A "/" means it is a fraction and 2(9+3) is a denominator. Where as some people interperate the other divided by symbol to not make it a fraction and get confused. The real bozo is whoever came up with the equation in the first place because you are only supposed to be able to interpret an equation 1 way. They should have used a "/" symbol, or a * symbol between the 2 and the parentheses in order to be clearer on what should be done.
Exactly!
Apr 9, 2011, 3:17pm   #47
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 Originally Posted by skydive nikki This equation is written poorly. Whoever made this probably knows that, and is just trying to confuse everyone.
Exactly.
Apr 9, 2011, 3:56pm   #48
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 Originally Posted by KarraAnn This is cute! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv19i...layer_embedded
LOL! I loved the last quote bubble!
 Apr 9, 2011, 5:26pm #49 ♥♡♥♡♥♡♥ Joined: Dec 2009 Location: the South Posts: 766 PEMDAS Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication & division, addition & subtraction in that order, left to right. The answer is 2.
Apr 9, 2011, 6:25pm   #50
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 Originally Posted by EllAva PEMDAS Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication & division, addition & subtraction in that order, left to right. The answer is 2.
48/2(9+3) =
PARENTHESIS
(9+3) Now becomes (12)
Equation is now
48/2(12)
Now it is MULTIPLY or DIVIDE from left to right > >
Division appears first so you divide
48/2 = 24
We're now left with 24(12)
You would then distribute/multiple

You are then left with the answer 288.
 Apr 9, 2011, 6:27pm #51 Ducks for the Cup! Joined: Aug 2008 Location: Alberta, Canada Posts: 4,077 The bottom line is that there are two ways to do this, the equation isn't written very well and people are getting two different answers. So let's all agree to disagree and say that the answer is either 2 or 288.
 Apr 9, 2011, 7:13pm #52 on a shopping spree. Joined: Aug 2007 Location: City of Angels Posts: 1,057 I got 288 and my boyfriend got 2. We are currently not speaking to each other. He found the same freakin thread on the bodybuilding forums... Ugh....
 Apr 9, 2011, 10:20pm #53 Member Joined: Jun 2008 Location: Seattle, Washington Posts: 2,396 288....order of operations.
Apr 9, 2011, 10:35pm   #54
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 Originally Posted by monstar;1859 9807 why can't it be broken up? 2(12) is the same thing as 2*12. so after you're done doing the parentheses, then you only have multiplication and division left so you have to do that from left to right which gives you 288. you can't do 2(12) first because it's not 48/(2(12)).
math teacher lol!
he said you can't do anything until you get rid of the brackets first. and since it's written as 2(12) after you simplify you can't do the division until you get rid of the brackets

also if it was written as
48
2(9+3)
 Apr 9, 2011, 10:40pm #55 Member Joined: Jun 2010 Location: Canada Posts: 4,414 for the record my scientific calculator also gives me an answer of 2 for what it's worth LOL!!
Apr 9, 2011, 10:42pm   #56
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 Originally Posted by Coach+Louislove BEDMAS! That's how I learned it as well. Is it a Canadian thing? I couldn't remember the anagram so thanks, LadyAsh!
I'm pretty sure it's a canadian thing with bedmas...it's written in my review section of my finance textbook for how to remember order of operation LOL
Apr 9, 2011, 10:43pm   #57
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 Originally Posted by ang3lina33 I got 288 and my boyfriend got 2. We are currently not speaking to each other. He found the same freakin thread on the bodybuilding forums... Ugh....
I'm sorry for LOL'ing a bit, but this is a fight that I would probably get into with my BF too.
Apr 9, 2011, 11:11pm   #58
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 Originally Posted by RaeBelle It's 288 Order of operations 48/2(9+3) 48/2(12) 24(12) 288 Why on earth is this making the rounds on the internet?
 Apr 9, 2011, 11:22pm #59 Member Joined: Dec 2007 Posts: 372 i don't think people understand that the parentheses rule is only for the things IN it, not around it
 Apr 10, 2011, 1:14am #60 Joined: Oct 2006 Location: Amazeball Atelier Posts: 37,087 i got 288 and i felt a teeny weeny little sleepy part of my brain wake up, so either way its awesome in my book. but, to be honest, i was taught to do the operation in the parentheses and then go left to right. I cant believe i could do that multiplication in my peri-menopausal brain. seriously, its a mess in there. I found windex in the refrigerator this morning!
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