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# Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
The question is deliberately ambiguous
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368046

The question is not ambiguous. There is only one possible way to read it and the answer is 9.
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correct
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05/03/2011 08:32 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
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 NOT a trick question, and there is only 1 correct answer.

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 .
Quoting: Syrius

answer is 1
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
I just gave this polynomial to my horizons level teen... he said you 9 morons are wrong.
Bracket - 1+2=3
Indicies - NA
Multiplication - 2x3=6
Division - 6 / 6 = 1
Addition - NA
Subtraction - NA
Answer = 1.
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05/03/2011 08:33 AM
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Math thinks infinity and zero can be used in calculations, that's why math is gay.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, whatever, but Math is just a simulation of purest pinkness, trust me.

I hold one elephant in my left hand and one cockroach in my right hand, why is my right hand so enormous?

Basically, how can you strip the ONEness (the unit-ness) that describes an elephant and apply that value to a cockroach?

Surely, there's a scalar misfit?

Or is that just me?
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05/03/2011 08:33 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
Google is reading the equation as (6/2)(1+2)

Notice, the one I put is up: 6÷2(1+2)

Now, I'm not a programmer, but I'll venture a guess as the script doesn't allow for equations of this magnitude to be processed correctly. Therefore, it's creating it's own version, one that exists within the parameters of its script.
Quoting: Syrius

You've got to be a troll. You can't really be that stupid. You think the PhDs at google don't know order of operations??

Here's what wolfram alpha says:

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]

Now shut up and go away you moron.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1367296

No need for hostility. You're only proving what I previously stated. It's reading the equation as (6/2) = [Fraction] x (1+2)... When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Yes, I would like an apology.
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05/03/2011 08:35 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Quoting: Syrius

This notation more clearly represents such a problem...

6÷(2(1+2))

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]
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05/03/2011 08:35 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
if you follow the correct order

1) brackets first(!)
2) then multiplication
3) then division
4) then addition
5) then subtraction

there is only one outcome:

1. (one)

If you believe 2 comes before 1 then it´s 9, but that´s wrong.
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05/03/2011 08:36 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
I work in a US Marketing company.

Half of you say 1.
Half of you say 9.

I'll equally weight your solutions (mean) and get 4.
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05/03/2011 08:36 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
Math thinks infinity and zero can be used in calculations, that's why math is gay.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, whatever, but Math is just a simulation of purest pinkness, trust me.

I hold one elephant in my left hand and one cockroach in my right hand, why is my right hand so enormous?

Basically, how can you strip the ONEness (the unit-ness) that describes an elephant and apply that value to a cockroach?

Surely, there's a scalar misfit?

Or is that just me?
Quoting: Free Planet

You are an idiot.
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05/03/2011 08:36 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
Will we have a question of this type every month now from now on, only with slightly different numbers?

last months correct answer was 288 (can anybody remember?)
this months correct answer is 9 (was found within only a few seconds after the OP and I guess the thread will still continue for at least 42 more pages)

What will be the numbers for next month? Any predictions anyone?
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05/03/2011 08:37 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
One 'tards - please do not reproduce.
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Quoting: Syrius

This notation more clearly represents such a problem...

6÷(2(1+2))

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1194370

Hilarious. Parenthesis inside of parenthesis?

If you want to be technical, it would look like this: 6÷[2(1+2)]

Last Edited by Stoygon on 05/03/2011 09:52 AM
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05/03/2011 08:38 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Quoting: Syrius

This notation more clearly represents such a problem...

6÷(2(1+2))

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1194370

Hilarious. Parenthesis inside of parenthesis?

If you want to be technical, it would like something like this: 6÷(2[1+2])
Quoting: Syrius

Sure. That works too. No ambiguity.

Have fun.
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05/03/2011 08:38 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
The answer is 1 or 9, depending on your age :)
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05/03/2011 08:38 AM
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Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

There are 6 cookies on the table.

and 2 pairs of 3 hungry cookie monsters.

How much can each of them eat so everyone of them get something to crunch ?

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05/03/2011 08:39 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
You've got to be a troll. You can't really be that stupid. You think the PhDs at google don't know order of operations??

Here's what wolfram alpha says:

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]

Now shut up and go away you moron.
Quoting: Syrius

No need for hostility. You're only proving what I previously stated. It's reading the equation as (6/2) = [Fraction] x (1+2)... When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Yes, I would like an apology.

Fuck you! I've got zero patience for idiots more concerned about their own idiot ideas than the facts!

If you said that black is white then I've call you an idiot just the same. You are a twit and deserve to be told so.
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05/03/2011 08:39 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
I just gave this polynomial to my horizons level teen... he said you 9 morons are wrong.
Bracket - 1+2=3
Indicies - NA
Multiplication - 2x3=6
Division - 6 / 6 = 1
Addition - NA
Subtraction - NA
Answer = 1.
Quoting: Brutalsun

No need to name call.

Where does it state in the rules that you multiply what is in front of the brackets BEFORE you do division?? Ask your teen that please.

Answer = 9

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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
Will we have a question of this type every month now from now on, only with slightly different numbers?

last months correct answer was 288 (can anybody remember?)
this months correct answer is 9 (was found within only a few seconds after the OP and I guess the thread will still continue for at least 42 more pages)

What will be the numbers for next month? Any predictions anyone?
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Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

There are 6 cookies on the table.

and 2 pairs of 3 hungry cookie monsters.

How much can each of them eat so everyone of them get something to crunch ?

Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368036

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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Quoting: Syrius

This notation more clearly represents such a problem...

6÷(2(1+2))

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1194370

Hilarious. Parenthesis inside of parenthesis?

If you want to be technical, it would look like this: 6÷(2[1+2])
Quoting: Syrius

You cannot mess with the order of operations!

There is only one outcome: 1.

If you have compelling proof that it is something else without breaking the rules of order of operation just show it.
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Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

There are 6 cookies on the table.

and 2 pairs of 3 hungry cookie monsters.

How much can each of them eat so everyone of them get something to crunch ?

Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368036

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Syrius (OP)

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05/03/2011 08:42 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
When it's 6 Divided By 2(1+2).

Quoting: Syrius

This notation more clearly represents such a problem...

6÷(2(1+2))

[link to www.wolframalpha.com]
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1194370

Hilarious. Parenthesis inside of parenthesis?

If you want to be technical, it would look like this: 6÷(2[1+2])
Quoting: Syrius

You cannot mess with the order of operations!

There is only one outcome: 1.

If you have compelling proof that it is something else without breaking the rules of order of operation just show it.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1362610

Did anyone else notice I gave the answer in BOLD in the very first post...
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05/03/2011 08:43 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
FFS people it's 9

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05/03/2011 08:43 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
people who answered 9 should go back to school. the final operation is not 3*3=9, it's 3/3=1. that sign with the two dots above and below the dash means division, not multiplying.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1368063

Oops, and people wonder why we have third world countries.

Multiplication and division are the same operation and are performed "simultaneously" in an abstract sense. OR Performed LEFT TO RIGHT as written.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1309528

No they're not. "Simultaneously in an abstract sense"?? What kind of idiot bullshit is that?????

Division is done FIRST. PERIOD!!!

Proof that you have to evaluate division first:

3*4/5*6

If you incorrectly evaluate multiplication first you get:

3*4/5*6
12/30
.4

If you correctly evaluate division first you get:

3*4/5*6
3*.8*6
14.4

.4 is NOT 14.4!

Order of operations bitches! Don't forget it!
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1367296

WOW quite the response, multiplication and division are the same operation and happen at the same time.
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05/03/2011 08:45 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
and parenthesis inside of parenthesis are quite common in a scientific environment. it just shows the flow of operations. you start with the inner most parenthesis and work your way out.

in your problem: 6÷2(1+2)

you MUST first solve the equasion between brackets, there is simply no other way if you read algebra rules.

so your problem becomes: 6÷2*3

Then according to order of operations you MUST multiply first

so your problem becomes: 6÷6

which translates in the only correct response: 1.

No debate nor arguments possible.
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05/03/2011 08:46 AM
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05/03/2011 08:46 AM
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
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That not something to brag about, that just makes you an Idiot who probably got ripped off allot.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1309528

Well, at least I spell better than you... allot? Perhaps you meant a lot? Moran
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1147405

ALLOT of people spell better then me, perhaps if English were my first language I might do better.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1309528

So you are assuming that English is my first language too? Oh, how silly we are to assume every anonymous person on the internet is the same as we are. lol
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1147405

I still think your probably an idiot.
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
and parenthesis inside of parenthesis are quite common in a scientific environment. it just shows the flow of operations. you start with the inner most parenthesis and work your way out.

in your problem: 6÷2(1+2)

you MUST first solve the equasion between brackets, there is simply no other way if you read algebra rules.

so your problem becomes: 6÷2*3

Then according to order of operations you MUST multiply first

so your problem becomes: 6÷6

which translates in the only correct response: 1.

No debate nor arguments possible.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1362610

Oops.
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Re: Math: 6÷2(1+2) = ?
there was no calculators back in my time, ppl actually had to think, well, actually there was but they were somewhat banned. no technology for you!

Now everyone just puts what ppl ask them in google/calculator/whatever and whatever it shows its right.
So yeah, Osama only got killed now ppl, its in the net so it must be true!!!

Try to start using your brains ppl

oh and = 1