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

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

Hopefully this will end this debate.

The other OP removed this video from his thread as the answers differed.

This is from a math professor and a very well respected one at that.

***UPDATE***

Russell,

I just researched this in several places, AND I'M WRONG!!! I'd appreciate it if you posted this answer. Here's a nice explanation.

While the acronym PEMDAS is correct, the problem comes with the confusion about how M and D are treated.

I have always thought that it meant that M (multiplication) is to precede D (division). On reading several sources, M and D are treated at the same level of hierarchy, and are to be done left to right.

In other words, 6/2 x 3 really is 9, because M and D are at the same hierarchy level, and so M no longer PRECEDES D, but should be done left to right. The division is encountered first in reading 6/2 x 3, and so is done first.

Jim

***2nd e-mail update***

Hi Russell,

One of the things that I've always believed is that one should admit to one's mistakes. I just made one, and the important thing is to get it right.

Most mathematicians are aware of the possibility of error in such a situation (I'm willing to bet I'm not the only mathematician who would make this mistake). As a result, they will usually parenthesize to avoid potential misinterpretation. For instance, I would write the problem as either

6 / (2(1+2)) if I wanted the answer to be 1

or

(6/2) (1+2) if I wanted the answer to be 9

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Both answers are possible according to this professor. The equation is not properly written.
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01/22/2013 11:12 AM
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The problem is written unconventionally
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about time someone clears this up...

now all the "9" sayers can.............

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So the "professor" in the vidoe came back and admitted he was wrong? He says the answer is 9.

Ok, got it. Answer is 9.

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Both answers are possible according to this professor. The equation is not properly written.
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Guy says both answers are correct at the end??
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Re: 6÷2(1+2)=? SOLVED by the Professor of Mathematics at California State University [video]

Hopefully this will end this debate.

The other OP removed this video from his thread as the answers differed.

This is from a math professor and a very well respected one at that.
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I can make a video of 3 math professors at my college saying something different.
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Well you do that and then post it here.

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

Hopefully this will end this debate.

The other OP removed this video from his thread as the answers differed.

This is from a math professor and a very well respected one at that.
Quoting: Person445

I can make a video of 3 math professors at my college saying something different.
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because....P, E, M, D, A, S....has ALWAYS been the proper way to solve algebra....

I've never known any math professor to teach anything but that order of operation...
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Re: 6÷2(1+2)=? SOLVED by the Professor of Mathematics at California State University [video]

Hopefully this will end this debate.

The other OP removed this video from his thread as the answers differed.

This is from a math professor and a very well respected one at that.
Quoting: Person445

I can make a video of 3 math professors at my college saying something different.
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Berkeley professor better than community college professors
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I'd be very interested in how a graduate of Yale University and a tenured professor of Mathematics would answer this incorrectly.
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Both answers are possible according to this professor. The equation is not properly written.
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Guy says both answers are correct at the end??
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what he is saying is that parenthesis always goes 1st.....

It's the order in which you must solve algebra problems.

Parentheses ( )
Exponents 3º (the smaller number on the upright)
Multiplication •, *, x
Division /
Subtraction -

without this simple order algebra simply does not work.

it is the 1st thing you are taught in algebra 101
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The ambiguity should be cleared up by adding more brackets, because many say the operator presedence is BODMAS or BEDMAS:

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Of course it's 1, I can't even understand how someone can get 9...
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it comes out as nine if you use the other order of operations, which is widely accepted and also taught at many other schools.

I consider color to be mispelt, it should be colour. but that is just linguistic difference.

I can fully understand how some consider the answer 1 and some 9.

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01/22/2013 11:28 AM
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In fact op video the professor is wrong.

BEMDAS and BEDMAS sya the same thing because mult and div have same presedence but should be evaluated left to right.

multiplaction and division should ALWAYS be evaluated left to right. so the answer is 9.
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In fact op video the professor is wrong.

BEMDAS and BEDMAS sya the same thing because mult and div have same presedence but should be evaluated left to right.

multiplaction and division should ALWAYS be evaluated left to right. so the answer is 9.
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01/22/2013 11:32 AM
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Isn't this the kind of stuff that one needs to learn before moving on from the 4th grade?
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01/22/2013 11:35 AM
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i'm a c programmer

6/2*(1+2) evaluates as 9, same as it will when evaluated in all other computer languages.

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01/22/2013 11:36 AM
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i'm a c programmer

6/2*(1+2) evaluates as 9, same as it will when evaluated in all other computer languages.

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how any self respecting mathematician can say 1 is beyond me.
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Isn't this the kind of stuff that one needs to learn before moving on from the 4th grade?
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no.
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order of operations.....= 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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01/22/2013 11:39 AM

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Now I'm getting floods of red karma for this posting.

If society can't even agree on a simple math equation, we are truly fucked.
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I warped my brain with this one and came up with 9 and 9 with my TI84. Great post for getting a Phd on the horn.
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order of operations.....= 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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wrong tard.

first hit:

P
Parentheses first
E
Exponents (ie Powers and Square Roots, etc.)
MD
Multiplication and Division (left-to-right)
AS

comes out as 9 tard.
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Childish egomaniacs that can't accept that they may be wrong.

It is not truth you seek, but the gratification of your fragile ego.
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Childish egomaniacs that can't accept that they may be wrong.

It is not truth you seek, but the gratification of your fragile ego.
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computers have no ego, 99.99% of all calculations are evaluated by computers nowadays. answer is 9.
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01/22/2013 11:42 AM
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In fact op video the professor is wrong.

BEMDAS and BEDMAS sya the same thing because mult and div have same presedence but should be evaluated left to right.

multiplaction and division should ALWAYS be evaluated left to right. so the answer is 9.
Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32807776

(High-five)

You are right. And you explained it perfectly
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Now I'm getting floods of red karma for this posting.

If society can't even agree on a simple math equation, we are truly fucked.
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omg drama queen, 1 red karma constitutes a "flood" lol.
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01/22/2013 11:46 AM
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f'kin californian professors, listening to too much beatnick jazz, wearing to many elbow patches and smokin too much reefer. 1 lol!!!
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