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# Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

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I have shown scientific calculator doing the problem and many other websites and programs doing the problem.

All getting 9.

Have you shown anything showing an answer of 1?

Everyone of these websites I typed the equation EXACTLY as the OP had it. Using ÷ not /,x or adding anything after the first 2.
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i went through it again and i actually now come up with 1.

Order of operations:

Brackets
Exponents
Division
Multiplication
Subtraction

6÷2(1+2) =

= 6÷2(3)

= 3(3)

= 1

i respectfully retract my previous answer of 9 i was doing M before D

:s
Quoting: Anubis

Solve any multiplication and division in the problem. Note that multiplication does not precede division, this is a common mistake while the fact is that they are solved from left to right as they occur.

Example:

5 * 4 - 9 / 3
5 * 4 - 9 / 3
20 - 9 / 3
20 - 9 / 3
20 - 3
Quoting: Article

This tells you the ranks of the operations: Parentheses outrank exponents, which outrank multiplication and division (but multiplication and division are at the same rank), and these two outrank addition and subtraction (which are together on the bottom rank). When you have a bunch of operations of the same rank, you just operate from left to right. For instance, 15 ÷ 3 × 4 is not 15 ÷ 12, but is rather 5 × 4, because, going from left to right, you get to the division first.
Quoting: Article

When children initially learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, they begin by performing operations on two numbers. But what happens when an expression requires multiple operations? Over time, mathematicians have developed a set of rules called the order of operations to determine which operation to do first. The rules are:

Multiply and divide from left to right.
Add and subtract from left to right.
Quoting: Article

I can show about 50+ more sites that all show this same thing.

But I am sure it is all a conspiracy.

(We all agree we do parenthesis first... that much I am sure of)

Work from left to right when things are equal.
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Video here show me inputting exactly as OP put it.

MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
MULTIPLICATION BEFORE DIVISION
X=1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9839140

Solve any multiplication and division in the problem. Note that multiplication does not precede division, this is a common mistake while the fact is that they are solved from left to right as they occur.

Example:

5 * 4 - 9 / 3
5 * 4 - 9 / 3
20 - 9 / 3
20 - 9 / 3
20 - 3
Quoting: Article

This tells you the ranks of the operations: Parentheses outrank exponents, which outrank multiplication and division (but multiplication and division are at the same rank), and these two outrank addition and subtraction (which are together on the bottom rank). When you have a bunch of operations of the same rank, you just operate from left to right. For instance, 15 ÷ 3 × 4 is not 15 ÷ 12, but is rather 5 × 4, because, going from left to right, you get to the division first.
Quoting: Article

When children initially learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, they begin by performing operations on two numbers. But what happens when an expression requires multiple operations? Over time, mathematicians have developed a set of rules called the order of operations to determine which operation to do first. The rules are:

Multiply and divide from left to right.
Add and subtract from left to right.
Quoting: Article

I can show about 50+ more sites that all show this same thing.

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Still 9. Multiplication DOES NOT come before Division.
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01/22/2013 09:59 AM
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the input in wolfram alpha is wrong.

the input I saw used a solidus. However, I used a high powered calculator on an electrical engineering website and that also calculated it wrong.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 31557420

Check my wolfram image. Input exactly as OP. Cant believe you let Casper's double talk change your mind. Especially after all the proof against 1.

Every image I put in I used 6÷2(1+2)... exactly. I substituted nothing.

Video of me doing on scientific calculator. And image to prove it was "scientific".

Funny because Syrius, the original poster is actually aruging there is a difference between...

6÷2(1+2) and 6÷2*(1+2)...

Which is the weakest argument for 1 in this whole thread. Saying he was showing the 2 up against the parenthesis as indication it was the "denominator". WTF!! Even though it would still be wrong, he would of at least put...

6/2(2+1).... I might of bought his story then. The answer would still be 9, but this thread is getting better and better.

OP didnt even know the answer.

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The left to right rule really only applies to division and
subtraction. This is because they don't satisfy the associative
property of equality. To be really precise, it is because we are
really "loose" about the definition of subtraction and division. If we
define subtraction properly, it is adding by an inverse. For example,
(3 - 5) + 7, is really 3 + (-5) + 7. By writing it this way, we can
rewrite to get 3 + ((-5)+ 7), since addition is associative. We get
the same result as before.

The same applies to division. By dividing, we are really multiplying
by a multiplicative inverse.
For example 5/3 is really 5 * (1/3).
Written this way, we can use the associative property.
Quoting: article

Division is the inverse of multiplication. This is why the "left to right" rule is in place. To help people who cant see the inverse. We can get rid of "left to right" by making everything multiplication. See below

Which would make this equation.

6 * .5 * (2+1)... this should be really easy for anyone.

6*.5*3=9

Can re-arragne in any order.

.5*6*3=9

Can even distribute.
6 * .5 * (2+1)
6 (1+.5)
6*1.5
9

Anyone want to argue with this?
and multiplicative identity
(multiplying by 1/3 instead of dividing by 3).
Quoting: article

So instead of dividing by 2 multiple by .5!!!!!

6/1 ÷ 2/1*(2+1) = 6*.5*(2+1)

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I am your college professor that you requested, with a doctorate in Mathematics. I will break this down as simply as possible and end this debate as approx. 10 students have already asked me this today.
End of debate... hopefully.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 944253

It would be nice if they looked at all aspects of math before solving. Nice COPY & PASTE from yahoo... On yahoo, I am a space physicist, didn't you know?
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This is basic Algebra people. It's 1.
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says the tard
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This is basic Algebra people. It's 1.
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Sure is.

Theses bozos can't even solve the following:
12x²y ÷ 4x + (6x – x)²

Nor can they solve
a ÷ 1a correctly

Nor write "six halves of n" properly
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I am your college professor that you requested, with a doctorate in Mathematics. I will break this down as simply as possible and end this debate as approx. 10 students have already asked me this today.
End of debate... hopefully.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 944253

It would be nice if they looked at all aspects of math before solving. Nice COPY & PASTE from yahoo... On yahoo, I am a space physicist, didn't you know?
Quoting: caper_26

Thread: 6÷2(1+2)=? SOLVED by the Professor of Mathematics at California State University [video]

Thread: 6÷2(1+2) = 9 (Page 2)

Pretty overwhelming proof.

Good luck "space physicist".

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Here is how an obelus works: [link to www.freeimagehosting.net]

Here is how grouping in algebra works: [link to cstl.syr.edu]

Here is a link for those who get 9: [link to i48.tinypic.com]
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You bozos can't even solve the following:
12x²y ÷ 4x + (6x – x)²

Nor can you solve
a ÷ 1a correctly

Nor write "six halves of n" properly
Quoting: caper_26

No wonder you can't evaluate this expression.
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according to how they teach order of ops in Canada (BEDMAS) and that DM are equivalent in precedence, then left to right order is used. i still get 9.

"There are a couple of things to remember when applying the PEDMAS/BEDMAS order of operations. Brackets/Parenthesis always come first and exponents come second. When working with multiplication and division, you do whichever comes first as you work from left to right. If multiplication comes first, do it before dividing."

based on that its 9.
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according to how they teach order of ops in Canada (BEDMAS) and that DM are equivalent in precedence, then left to right order is used. i still get 9.

"There are a couple of things to remember when applying the PEDMAS/BEDMAS order of operations. Brackets/Parenthesis always come first and exponents come second. When working with multiplication and division, you do whichever comes first as you work from left to right. If multiplication comes first, do it before dividing."

based on that its 9.
Quoting: Anubis

Except that (2+1) is in the denominator, since 2(2+1) is a single unit
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consider 6 ÷ x²
x² is x(x) = x * x
So 6 ÷ x² = 6 ÷ x * x = 6 ?
No because x² = (x²)

Just like 2(2+1) = [2(2+1)], but as x², we don't need to use redundant parentheses. Some "special" people insist on using them though because they are easily confused.

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according to how they teach order of ops in Canada (BEDMAS) and that DM are equivalent in precedence, then left to right order is used. i still get 9.

"There are a couple of things to remember when applying the PEDMAS/BEDMAS order of operations. Brackets/Parenthesis always come first and exponents come second. When working with multiplication and division, you do whichever comes first as you work from left to right. If multiplication comes first, do it before dividing."

based on that its 9.
Quoting: Anubis

Except that (2+1) is in the denominator, since 2(2+1) is a single unit
Quoting: caper_26

i see your viewpoint but unless redundant parenthesis are put in then the answer is open to interpretation.

if it was 6÷(2(1+2)) = ?
then it would undeniably be 1.
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6/2(1+2)=

6/2(3)=
6/2*3=9

The only way to get 1 is to write it like this

6/(2(1+3))=

^^^^^^^
This would give 1
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9
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6÷2(1+2) = 1
6÷(1+2)2 = 1

(6÷2)(1+2)= 9
6(1+2)÷ 2 = 9
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For starters, I'm not arguing 6÷2(1+2) and 6÷2*(1+2).... Look at the post, a few pages back, that you replied to, genius.

I'm going to be blunt with you, pal. Your trolling attempts are weak and on the verge of annoying. And no, I'm not going to give you the pleasure of restating my arguments for the 7th or 8th time. There is no point.

Your oblivious mind will continue reading and interpreting my words wrong. As you have proven on at least two occasions. Personally, I can tell by your posts ALONE that you have a hard time coping with reality and continue repeating yourself with nothing new to add, the same recycled jargon. Let's be honest, what are you afraid of exactly? An empty existence, where in the light of others, you go out of your way to misquote them and pretend they are ignorant for your own sake?

Before you argue with someone, regardless of topic. Listen to their arguments instead of making shit up. It makes you look a dolt.

I really hope you find peace, and maybe some closure in your life. However, it won't be here so gtfo.
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There is no troll attempts. Only showing math laws and principles to those who do not know about them

the infamous wolfram even knows how to simplify 6 ÷ 2n. However it does not know how to substitute variables with values.

Most people: "It is 9!!!" with no explanation besides "left to right" then they convert 2(2+1) to 2*(2+1) which is incorrect. 2n = (2*n)

Failure to know that the (2+1) is part of the divisor. Which means the multiplicative inverse of it, as well as the 2, must be interpreted.
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There is no troll attempts. Only showing math laws and principles to those who do not know about them

the infamous wolfram even knows how to simplify 6 ÷ 2n. However it does not know how to substitute variables with values.

Most people: "It is 9!!!" with no explanation besides "left to right" then they convert 2(2+1) to 2*(2+1) which is incorrect. 2n = (2*n)

Failure to know that the (2+1) is part of the divisor. Which means the multiplicative inverse of it, as well as the 2, must be interpreted.
Quoting: caper_26

I was quoting Forgotten, sir.

You are 1 of the few that has took the time to research all possibilities and seen the light.
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How is any of that "trolling".

Definition: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion

Where have I done ANY of that ??? Actually, I can find SEVERAL other people trying to do the above, not me.
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There is no troll attempts. Only showing math laws and principles to those who do not know about them

the infamous wolfram even knows how to simplify 6 ÷ 2n. However it does not know how to substitute variables with values.

Most people: "It is 9!!!" with no explanation besides "left to right" then they convert 2(2+1) to 2*(2+1) which is incorrect. 2n = (2*n)

Failure to know that the (2+1) is part of the divisor. Which means the multiplicative inverse of it, as well as the 2, must be interpreted.
Quoting: caper_26

ok..

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I was quoting Forgotten, sir.

You are 1 of the few that has took the time to research all possibilities and seen the light.
Quoting: caper_26

Apologies !! I was the last post, so I thought you were talking to me !!

Forgotten has banned me from his thread, because he doesn't want me converting anyone on his 9 bandwagon to 1. I am also on his "foe" list too. I find that rather amusing.
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ok..

what is 5(5) = ?
Quoting: caper_26

5(5) is "five fives"

Question: what is 125 divided by five fives ?
Answer: 125 ÷ 5(5) = 5

We cannot write "55" like "2n" because it looks like fifty five.

5(5) can be evaluated [5 * 5], like distributive property

5(5 + 0) = [5(5) + 5(0)]
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ok..

what is 5(5) = ?
Quoting: caper_26

5(5) is "five fives"

Question: what is 125 divided by five fives ?
Answer: 125 ÷ 5(5) = 5

We cannot write "55" like "2n" because it looks like fifty five.

5(5) can be evaluated [5 * 5], like distributive property

5(5 + 0) = [5(5) + 5(0)]
Quoting: Anubis

125 ÷ 5(5) = ?

is the same as

125 ÷ 5 x 5 = ?

BEDMAS left to right:

25(5) = 125

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Looks, I don't know PEMDAS from BEDMAS even though I'm sure I learned them in elementary school or middle school math.

What I do know is writing alebraic expressions in computer programing and how they are evaluated by a computer language such as C.

When you are facing an expression that has distribution in it like 6÷2(1+2) then you must do the distributed part first and then the remainder of the equation after evaluating the distribution.

2(1+2) must be evaluated first as whole before you consider the remainder of 6÷2(1+2).

You can rewrite the equation as 6÷(2(1+2)). The second set of parenthesis is implied when you have a distribution.

You know you have a distribution because the contents inside of the parenthesis has addition in it (2+1). This means the entirety of the contents within the parenthesis must always be multiplied by what immediately precedes it to the the left on the outside of parenthesis. You don't get to do other operations such as addition, subtraction multiplication, etc before you evaluate 2(1+2).

2(1+2) = 2(3) = 6
6÷2(1+2) = 6÷(2(1+2)) = 6÷(2(3)) = 6÷(6) = 1

Now if the equation was written like this:

6÷2*(1+2)

Then you have a different story, now the parenthesis still implies distribution, but because the * symbol is there then everything to the left of the * symbol is distributed an you can evaluate everything to the left of the * as a whole first.

6÷2*(1+2) = (6÷2)*(1+2) = (3) * (3) = 9

The lack of the * symbol in the original equation makes a ton of difference about how you treat the distribution implited by (2+1).

Answer in the original equation is 1.
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6÷2(1+2)= ?

What is this mathematical expression trying to solve in the real world? A real world word problem might be the following:

]ane has a family of 6. She recently picked up two bags of fruit. In each bag of fruit there are 1 apples and 2 oranges. How many pieces of fruit does each person in her family get to eat?

When you read it that way you understand the answer is 1.

If you think the answer is 9 then your word problem is something like this:

Jane has a family of 6. She recently went shopping and gave fruit to only half the members of her family. In each bag of fruit they received there were 2 apples and 1 orange. How many apples an oranges in total did the family received?

In this case the equation would need to be written like this:

(6÷2)(1+2)

or written like this:

6/2 * (1+2)

These would make it clear that what was important was that only 1/2 the family would get bags of fruit and once you understood that have the family got fruit you could then consider what was in each bag for those family members.