# 48÷2(9+3)=?

is it 2 or 288?

#### Cogwheel

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Well, you'd handle the division first.

Which would mean it's 24x12, so yes, 288.

Edit: Apparently I'm a complete idiot.

#### Professor M

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It's 2.

Always sort the brackets out first. The question needs to be worded better, it is flawed.

These questions offend me as a mathematician.

#### Iznat

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BEMDAS

2(9+3)
= 2(12)
= 24
therefore 48/24
= 2

There is no argument to this >_<

#### Merkavar

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288

bedmas or what ever

so 9+3=12
48/2=12*12=288

BIDMAS!!!

(Or BEDMAS).

It's 2.

#### Cheesus333

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This reminds me of the Facebook questions that are going around to intentionally incite arguments.

INB4 this particular one starts, by the way.

For the record, I got 288.

#### dday4you

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does brackets have piority?

#### Spencer Petersen

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288
1.Terms inside parentheses or brackets
2.Exponents and roots
3.Multiplication and division as they appear left to right
4.Addition and subtraction as they appear left to right

That is the order

#### automatron

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Actually following BEDMAS it's still 288
48/2(9+3)
Brackets first
so 48/2(12)
or 48/2*12
becomes 24*12
or 288

#### TheHardcase

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Do believe it's 288, my good man. BEDMAS, as was stated.

#### xzenopredator

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Iznat said:
BEMDAS

2(9+3)
= 2(12)
= 24
therefore 48/24
= 2

There is no argument to this >_<
This entirely.I dont get where all these supposed "difficult" maths equations are coming from.First 4chan,then facebook,now here.Do people not know the rules of maths

Brackets.Exponentiols.Multiplication.Devision.Addition.Subtraction. <-- for anyone who doesnt know BEMDAS

#### Halceon

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And that's why the standard notation for division is expression - horizontal line - expression. Because math and ambiguity do not mix.

#### [email protected]

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It's 2 and I'm Asian. THIS THREAD IS OVER!

#### banksy122

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Edit: Was wrong
http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=48%C3%B72+%289%2B3%29 Have to press use list, and it answers 2 with proper workings out.

#### similar.squirrel

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BOMDAS, as they say in Ireland.

#### Fanta Grape

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Search the forums. There was a pretty big topic of the exact same thing

Also:

Merkavar said:
Most depressing thing I've seen all month

#### Summerstorm

##### Elite Member
I know what it is: TERRIBLE NOTATION. That's what it is.

#### Jmurray21

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Merkavar said:
People like that live in this world?
Lol what retards.

#### kebab4you

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48÷2(9+3)
48÷2(12)
48/2=24
24*12=288

would need to be: 48÷(2(9+3)) for it to be 2.
Typing it like this makes it more clear: