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# How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x

Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:21 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Ok I am back from church. I should have prayed for us 9 tards also. Last time.

The original problem one more time.

3/1(1+2) = x

Parentheses first.

3/1(3) As in we take from the original problem (1+2) and no that equals 3. So now we have 3/1*3.

Notice no more parentheses.

Now we do multiplication and division left to right. The first one on the right is division. So, lets do that first. 3/1=3. And for those with a science calculators: If Johnny had 3 apples and divided them amongst himself 1, how many apples does Johnny have.

Now the new problem after the division is now 3*3.

And what is 3*3.

Well after all it is a conspiracy site so it must be 1.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:23 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Is this thread going to go on to 130+ pages like the other one?
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01/20/2013 06:25 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
if you truly think it is 9, you are wrong. Yes multiplication and division get the same priority, but once thats all that is left, you MUST go left to right. therefore the correct answer is x=1.

3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(3)=x
*3 *3 <- Multiply by 3
1(3)=3x
3=3x
- - <-Divide by 3
3 3

1=x or x=1 is the correct solution.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:26 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Is this thread going to go on to 130+ pages like the other one?
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32620255

GOD I hope so. The 1 tards still have to give a reasonable answer on why it's 1.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:27 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
if you truly think it is 9, you are wrong. Yes multiplication and division get the same priority, but once thats all that is left, you MUST go left to right. therefore the correct answer is x=1.

3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(3)=x
*3 *3 <- Multiply by 3
1(3)=3x
3=3x
- - <-Divide by 3
3 3

1=x or x=1 is the correct solution.
Quoting: anon 32291881

Parentheses first 1 tard.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:27 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
what it comes down to is that some people interpret the expression as:

3/1*(1+2)

and some people interpret it as

3/1/(1+2)

obviously two things next to each other with no sign is a multiplication, not a division
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01/20/2013 06:27 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
if you truly think it is 9, you are wrong. Yes multiplication and division get the same priority, but once thats all that is left, you MUST go left to right. therefore the correct answer is x=1.

3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(3)=x
*3 *3 <- Multiply by 3
1(3)=3x
3=3x
- - <-Divide by 3
3 3

1=x or x=1 is the correct solution.
Quoting: anon 32291881

Parentheses first 1 tard.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32269532

gave 2 links that prove that. Give 1 link that says otherwise.
FTM

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01/20/2013 06:29 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(1+2) = x

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Quoting: DUCM900

Follow the rules known as the "Order of Operations":

Rule 1: First perform any calculations inside parentheses.
Rule 2: Next perform all multiplications and divisions, working from left to right.
Rule 3: Lastly, perform all additions and subtractions, working from left to right.

3/1(1+2) = x

Perform operations inside parentheses first.

1+2 = 3

so, 3/1(3) = x

Perform multiplication from left to right.

1(3) = 3

so, 3/3 = x

Perform division from left to right.

3/3 = 1

so, x = 1

Here is a link to a page that helps to illustrate how to solve mathematics equations employing the rules known as the "Order of Operations":

Quoting: Anonymous Coward 919411

Not quite right, division has priority over multiplication, thus x=9 not 1.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:30 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Not quite right, division has priority over multiplication,
Quoting: FTM

no it doesn't
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:30 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
if you truly think it is 9, you are wrong. Yes multiplication and division get the same priority, but once thats all that is left, you MUST go left to right. therefore the correct answer is x=1.

3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(3)=x
*3 *3 <- Multiply by 3
1(3)=3x
3=3x
- - <-Divide by 3
3 3

1=x or x=1 is the correct solution.
Quoting: anon 32291881

Parentheses first 1 tard.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32269532

the only thing in parenthesis is a 3, now what would you like me to do with that 3? i already did what was in the parenthesis. Have any of you 9 tards ever heard of using parenthesis to separate numbers that are to be multiplied? hmmmm.... let me scratch your un-educated head for you.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 06:34 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
No wonder my taxes went up. He must believe it's 1 also.

Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 07:06 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x

I would say the answer is 1, because I see the equation as

3
---
1(1+2)

Those who say the answer is 9 are interpreting it as:

3
---(1+2)
1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21687950

Exactly. It's a very poorly written equation and exploits a slight ambiguity in the order of operations. After parenthesis (brackets for you brits) and exponents (powers) it is then MULTIPLICATION and then division.

However, the ambiguity comes in that multiplication and division are seen as being "on the same level" and so those CAN be done left to right.

And some of you are REALLY some argumentative, know-it-all shitheads for thinking YOUR way, and ONLY YOUR WAY is the right one.

Just saying....
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01/20/2013 07:07 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Exactly. It's a very poorly written equation
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19868668

No, its a good one.

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CalmShock

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01/20/2013 07:13 PM

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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x

I would say the answer is 1, because I see the equation as

3
---
1(1+2)

Those who say the answer is 9 are interpreting it as:

3
---(1+2)
1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21687950

Exactly. It's a very poorly written equation and exploits a slight ambiguity in the order of operations. After parenthesis (brackets for you brits) and exponents (powers) it is then MULTIPLICATION and then division.

However, the ambiguity comes in that multiplication and division are seen as being "on the same level" and so those CAN be done left to right.

And some of you are REALLY some argumentative, know-it-all shitheads for thinking YOUR way, and ONLY YOUR WAY is the right one.

Just saying....
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19868668

Multiplication and division have the same priority from left to right.

Using your logic, addition should be done before subtraction in an equation...

Now you blame the equation saying it's poorly written?

It's a math equation you dumb fuck. It doesn't have spelling or grammatical errors.

and another thing... MY way and ONLY my way is the right way. This isn't a fucking thesis on migrating birds. it's math. 1+1 =2. There's only one right answer.

Last Edited by CalmShock on 01/20/2013 07:17 PM
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HJTRAS

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01/20/2013 07:44 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x

I would say the answer is 1, because I see the equation as

3
---
1(1+2)

Those who say the answer is 9 are interpreting it as:

3
---(1+2)
1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21687950

Exactly. It's a very poorly written equation and exploits a slight ambiguity in the order of operations. After parenthesis (brackets for you brits) and exponents (powers) it is then MULTIPLICATION and then division.

However, the ambiguity comes in that multiplication and division are seen as being "on the same level" and so those CAN be done left to right.

And some of you are REALLY some argumentative, know-it-all shitheads for thinking YOUR way, and ONLY YOUR WAY is the right one.

Just saying....
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19868668

Multiplication and division have the same priority from left to right.

Using your logic, addition should be done before subtraction in an equation...

Now you blame the equation saying it's poorly written?

It's a math equation you dumb fuck. It doesn't have spelling or grammatical errors.

and another thing... MY way and ONLY my way is the right way. This isn't a fucking thesis on migrating birds. it's math. 1+1 =2. There's only one right answer.
Quoting: CalmShock

Ha Ha LMAO those that think 1 is the answer will solve this equation x + 4 = x + 3 and convince themselves there actually is an answer.
RAS
fnord
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01/20/2013 07:59 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
There is no great import to the answer to this question.

Just pick a set of operator priorities, and a left to right or right to left or inside to outside execution priority, and use that when you pose the problem, as well as when you compute the solution.

All will be well.

Be happy.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 08:14 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
x=0.999
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3781825

OMG!!

At least the ones that have come out with a '1', are understandable..
CalmShock

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01/20/2013 08:27 PM

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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x

I would say the answer is 1, because I see the equation as

3
---
1(1+2)

Those who say the answer is 9 are interpreting it as:

3
---(1+2)
1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21687950

Exactly. It's a very poorly written equation and exploits a slight ambiguity in the order of operations. After parenthesis (brackets for you brits) and exponents (powers) it is then MULTIPLICATION and then division.

However, the ambiguity comes in that multiplication and division are seen as being "on the same level" and so those CAN be done left to right.

And some of you are REALLY some argumentative, know-it-all shitheads for thinking YOUR way, and ONLY YOUR WAY is the right one.

Just saying....
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19868668

Multiplication and division have the same priority from left to right.

Using your logic, addition should be done before subtraction in an equation...

Now you blame the equation saying it's poorly written?

It's a math equation you dumb fuck. It doesn't have spelling or grammatical errors.

and another thing... MY way and ONLY my way is the right way. This isn't a fucking thesis on migrating birds. it's math. 1+1 =2. There's only one right answer.
Quoting: CalmShock

Ha Ha LMAO those that think 1 is the answer will solve this equation x + 4 = x + 3 and convince themselves there actually is an answer.
Quoting: HJTRAS

FFS... You just opened up the retard floodgates with that one! That's another 200 page thread in and of itself.

Shhh, if you listen carefully, you can hear all the 1tards thinking out loud...

X = 1 !!!

Last Edited by CalmShock on 01/20/2013 08:28 PM
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Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:02 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(1+2) = x
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 3x
______ = _____
1(1+2) 1(1+2)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 3x
__________ = __________
(1x1)+(2x1) (1x1)+(2x1)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 3x
__________ = __________
(1)+(2) (1)+(2)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

3 3x
__________ = __________

3 3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

9 (9x)
__________ = __________

1 1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

9 = 9x

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

9 (9x)
__________ = __________

9 9
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

1 = x
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:03 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
x = 9. I can´t believe some idiots actually say that x = 1. You divide 3 by 1 before you multiply with the parentheses.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32638590

I agree with the German, the answer is 9 Order of operations or
BEDMAS for the dumbas

Brackets
Exponents
Division
Multiplication
Subtraction
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:38 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
You dipshits have to get rid of the parenthesis first by multiplying it out then divide or multiply next left to right.

It's 1, you stupid fucks.
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:39 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
3/1(1+2) = x

:hmmm:

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Quoting: DUCM900

Oh great, the result of an American Education :S
CalmShock

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01/20/2013 09:43 PM

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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
You dipshits have to get rid of the parenthesis first by multiplying it out then divide or multiply next left to right.

It's 1, you stupid fucks.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 19023838

The 1 isn't inside the parenthesis you stupid fuck. Once you complete the equation inside the parenthesis, you work left to right doing the division then the multiplication.

It's not "parenthesis and everything around it" first.

Now drink some bleach and kindly remove yourself from the gene pool.
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01/20/2013 09:49 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
(3/1)(1+2)=9
3/1(1+2)=1
CalmShock

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01/20/2013 09:52 PM

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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
(3/1)(1+2)=9
3/1(1+2)=1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17896994

Being stupid just wasn't enough... You're a real go getter.
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Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:52 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
Do it on paper.

Here is the set up.

3. 3. 3
~~~~~~~~ =. ~~~~~~ = ~~~~~~~ =. 1
1(1+2). 1(3). 3

X= 1
Quoting: wishiwas

Shit. Doesn't come out right o from my phone.
Quoting: wishiwas

The reason for this is that when a web browser reads a HTML page with multiple spaces in a row, it displays that HTML as one space.

For example, these lines will probably look the same when you read the message, but if you quote this message, you can see that one line has more spaces than the other line:

x x

x x

Multiple spaces don't show up in HTML! You can't format things with spaces!

Here are those two lines again, but with each space replaced by a dot:

x........................................x

x.x
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:53 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
_____3_____
1(1+2)

does that make it easier?

Course I never made it past differential equations
Anonymous Coward
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01/20/2013 09:58 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
this picture may help

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01/20/2013 10:02 PM
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Re: How To Solve This Equation? 3/1(1+2) = x
(3/1)(1+2)=9
3/1(1+2)=1
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17896994

Being stupid just wasn't enough... You're a real go getter.
Quoting: CalmShock

Calmshock, while your answer is correct, your tact towards those that are confused seems to be lacking but I will help argue the point as well.

First we have the initial equation:

3/1(1+2) = x

We need to work out the items inside the parentheses. IMPORTANT! By doing this, we clear the item of the parentheses as it has been fully worked out into a single solution:

3/1 x 3 = x

Then we work division OR multiplication from left to right:

3 x 3 = x

Next finish the equation:

9 = x OR x = 9
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01/20/2013 10:04 PM

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