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Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
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[quote:Coma Patient #7:MV8xNDczMDcwXzM1NTY5ODA1XzZGM0JCRDA5] The answer has been stated, it can be either because it's poorly stated. Here's one of the better explanations I've read, copy/paste. A similar debate popped up not that long ago and had people arguing non-stop. Check the reference at the bottom. The real answer is that the equation itself is ambiguous and should have been written better. This equation should have been written as... ( 6 / 2 ) * ( 1 + 2 ) = or 6 / [ 2 ( 1 + 2 ) ] = Using the standardized order of operations... 6 / 2 ( 1 + 2 ) 6 / 2 ( 3 ) or 6 / 2 * 3 Answer = 9 Using parenthetical implications via multiplication by juxtaposition and the distributive property... 6 / 2 ( 1 + 2 ) 6 / [ ( 2 * 1 ) + ( 2 * 2 ) ] 6 / 6 Answer = 1 Both of you are correct. Considering the ambiguity and poor nomenclature of the equation, you should ask whomever posed the problem to define his/her notation preferences. No self-respecting mathematician would write the equation in this manner. Anytime you see ab/cd you will see this disagreement. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110426163111AA5mG1K [/quote]
Alright, there's a lot of self-proclaimed experts around these parts. Let's see how your logic holds up against some basic mathematics.
6÷2(1+2) = ?
I'll give two hints. This is
a trick question, and there is only
All tools used for computation are fair game.
(Yes, I saw this somewhere else and decided to post it here.)
Best of luck to all you geniuses .
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