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What is the answer?

The answer is two.

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Parenthesis

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Multiplication

Division

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Subtraction

Do (9+3) which is 12, then multiply (since the 12 is still in parenthesis) by 2, which is 24.

48/24= 2.

The division and multiplication can interchange at any time, it doesn't matter the order.Interesting. Sometimes people say multiplication takes precedence over division in such cases, but in computer languages these days, they go left to right.

48 ÷ 2 x (9+3)

48 ÷ 2 x 12

24 x 12 = 288

next?

lol yes it does. It's left to rightThe division and multiplication can interchange at any time, it doesn't matter the order.

Is it 48/(2(9+3)) or (48/2)*(9+3)?

hahathis is so sad

my answer is 2!

If that's wrong I give up on life.

no, you have to do the () first, please stay alive OHAI, don't do it!haha

my answer is 2!

If that's wrong I give up on life.

gradeschool math

48 ÷ 2 x (9+3)

48 ÷ 2 x 12

24 x 12 = 288

next?

lol yes it does. It's left to right

This is correct.

well now I know why posters make some of the dumbest discussions.

Because the way it looks, it is 48/(2(9+3)), which = 2.what the @#$% the poll keeps going in the wrong direction, it is 288 guys not 2 stop this thread now. You are just embarrasing yourselfs

It is how you see it

The way it's written it's 288... I was applied math and economics in school. If not, what a waste of an education.

I'm not sure how matlab got it wrong. Excel agrees with 288, so does google.

Parentheses first then left to right on the multiplication/division.

48/2(9+3) = Parentheses

48/2*12 = Left to Right

24 * 12 = 288

48/(2(9+3))= 2

This is like 6th grade math...

I'm not sure how matlab got it wrong. Excel agrees with 288, so does google.

Parentheses first then left to right on the multiplication/division.

48/2(9+3) = Parentheses

48/2*12 = Left to Right

24 * 12 = 288

48/(2(9+3))= 2

This is like 6th grade math...

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Seems many have not learned about distribution.

Yeah, and I distribute to get 2Seems many have not learned about distribution.

Yeah, others apparently have never learned about it.Yeah, and I distribute to get 2

answer is 288. 2 is incorrect.

Is this the 1st time fluffy beaver is wrong? thought he was always right...

...48÷2(9+3) distribute?Yeah, others apparently have never learned about it.

48/18+6 = The parentheses disappear after you distribute which is wrong anyway.

Put it into Excel, google or a calculator exactly how it is written. It's 288.

When you add 9 and 3, you get 12. THE PARENTHESIS ARE STILL THERE SO THE PROBLEM THEN BECOMES 48 / 2(12)

PARENTHESIS FIRST.

THE ANSWER IS 2

So google, calculator and excel are wrong?

When you add 9 and 3, you get 12. THE PARENTHESIS ARE STILL THERE SO THE PROBLEM THEN BECOMES 48 / 2(12)

PARENTHESIS FIRST.

THE ANSWER IS 2

please post your education background along with your answerers please.

When you add 9 and 3, you get 12. THE PARENTHESIS ARE STILL THERE SO THE PROBLEM THEN BECOMES 48 / 2(12)

PARENTHESIS FIRST.

THE ANSWER IS 2

For example adding a variable.

48÷2(9x+3) = 1 >> 48÷(18x+6) = 1 >> 48 = 18x + 6 >> 42 = 18x >> 42/18 = x =

Now we obviously can't add (9x + 3) together because of the variable, but we also wouldn't want to do 48÷2 first because the parenthesis should technically comes first, so we distribute the 2. So even if the 'x' wasn't there, it's the same concept.

PS: 2(9+3) = 24

and

2(9+3) = (18 + 6) = 24

Solve my example with the variable with your method and see if it equals 1 when you plug your answer into x. Please show your work.48 ÷ 2(9+3)

Is Not The Same As

48 ÷ (2(9+3))

Thank you.

For example adding a variable.

48÷2(9x+3) = 1 >> 48÷(18x+6) = 1 >> 48 = 18x + 6 >> 42 = 18x >> 42/18 = x =2 1/3.

Now we obviously can't add (9x + 3) together because of the variable, but we also wouldn't want to do 48÷2 first because the parenthesis should technically comes first, so we distribute the 2. So even if the 'x' wasn't there, it's the same concept.

PS: 2(9+3) = 24

and

2(9+3) = (18 + 6) = 24

That's just plain wrong. Even an 11 year old knows that multiplication and addition are commutative. While subtraction and division are not.The division and multiplication can interchange at any time, it doesn't matter the order.

Can someone please explain how excel, google, and the calculator are wrong?

Well then, can you explain how Matlab is "wrong" from google, excel, and the calculator.That's just plain wrong. Even an 11 year old knows that multiplication and addition are commutative. While subtraction and division are not.

Can someone please explain how excel, google, and the calculator are wrong?

Obviously one or the other is wrong and I'd go with Matlab being correct.

You didn't understand what I meant. I mean that you can do the multiplication BEFORE the division, or vice versa UNLESS there are parenthesis or exponents involved. Such as in this problem.That's just plain wrong. Even an 11 year old knows that multiplication and addition are commutative. While subtraction and division are not.

Can someone please explain how excel, google, and the calculator are wrong?

All I can say is I at least tried to show work and explain my steps. If someone wants to do the same with a better explanation to prove us wrong I'd be happy to say I was wrong. But all the shouting with no proof isn't helping.You didn't understand what I meant. I mean that you can do the multiplication BEFORE the division, or vice versa UNLESS there are parenthesis or exponents involved. Such as in this problem.

Thank God somebody else understands.You know it's funny people are calling each other idiots. What's even funnier are the ones who are wrong doing the name calling. This is really elementary math. The answer is 2.

so in your worldI mean that you can do the multiplication BEFORE the division, or vice versa UNLESS there are parenthesis or exponents involved. Such as in this problem.

48 ÷ 2 x 12 = both 2 AND 288?

amazing. Utterly amazing. The American education system at work here folks

there are only so many times i can post the Simple Jack pic. In your case i should make an exceptionYou know it's funny people are calling each other idiots. What's even funnier are the ones who are wrong doing the name calling. This is really elementary math. The answer is 2.

people will still think the answer is 2. There are no more ways to break it down for themPEMDAS

() first then work left to right

48/2=24x12=288

Well another way to look at it isso in your world

48 ÷ 2 x 12 = both 2 AND 288?

amazing. Utterly amazing. The American education system at work here folks

there are only so many times i can post the Simple Jack pic. In your case i should make an exception

48÷2 = 24x12 = 288 and

48x12 = 576÷2 = 288.

I'd assume left to right still applies in this.