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# 48÷2(9+3) = ? watch

• View Poll Results: 48/2(9+3)
2
117
52.47%
288
106
47.53%

I say it's 2.
2. 2.

BIDMAS

So
48/2(12) (or 48/(18+6)
48/24
2

That's my 2 cents.

Edit: No pun intended.
3. It's two:

9+3 = 12
2 x 12 = 24
48 ÷ 24 = 2
4. I got 2 too.

Tutu, get it?
Ahh never mind!
5. I say it is 2 as well since it is 48 divided by 2 times the sum of 9 and 3. One of the first steps of simplification is to simplify what are in brackets.

So 48÷2(12)

Then you still need to simply 2(12) which is 24.

48÷24=2
7. 288 I'm afraid - just typed it on my calculator
8. I thought 288, but my calculator says 2. But it's a bit of a bad calculator.
9. If it wanted to be 288 shouldn't the first part be in brackets as well as the second?
10. brackets always comes first, then youre just left with 48÷2x12, then you work from right to left, like computers/calculators (the more advanced ones anyway...) do. Just like 48÷12÷6 = 24, not 4/6

(Original post by Jonty99)
I thought 288, but my calculator says 2. But it's a bit of a bad calculator.
lol my calculator says 288 but its **** & can't even multiply negative numbers together so i'd go with yours ...
11. 288. Multiplication is implicated by xy, so 48 / 2(9+3) is 48/2 x (9+3). 9+3 is 12. So 48/2 * 12. Division is next, so 24 * 12. 24 * 12 is 288.

(Original post by Rob da Mop)
If it wanted to be 288 shouldn't the first part be in brackets as well as the second?
No, as the division is implicitly done before the multiplication

(Original post by Lewk)
brackets always comes first, then youre just left with 48÷2x12, then you work from right to left, like computers/calculators do. Just like 48÷12÷6 = 24, not 4/6
Computers have lots of different ways of working out the order of things. Technically, computers use associativity and ordering of operators. And then associativity and ordering depends on the language it is coded it.
12. Brackets first:
48 / 2 * 12
Then do multiplication and division from left to right.
48 / 2 = 24.
24 * 12 = 288

That's actually really odd because about 2 hours ago I was talking to someone about mental arithmetic and the question he randomly picked was 24 * 12.
13. (Original post by Sovietpride)
2.

BIDMAS

So
48/2(12) (or 48/(18+6)
48/24
2

That's my 2 cents.

Edit: No pun intended.

Why have you suddenly started going from right to left?

48/2(9+3)
= 48/2(9+3)
= 24(12)
= 288
14. (Original post by Ree69)
288 I'm afraid - just typed it on my calculator
I thought it would be 288 if the expression read (48/2)(9+3) ie brackets, but without brackets around the first bit it would be 2.

Anyone with me?? Or am i talking nonsense?
15. Nonsense
Really?
16. (Original post by bloomblaze)
I thought it would be 288 if the expression read (48/2)(9+3) ie brackets, but without brackets around the first bit it would be 2.

Anyone with me?? Or am i talking nonsense?
THIS.

Just put the equation into my Casio FX85GT plus and I got 2.
17. It's 288.

48 ÷ 2 x (9 + 3)
=48 ÷ 2 x 12
=24 x 12
=288
18. Do you really think so?

Check you working out

Theres a mistake i think? May be there isnt actually

I dont know.
19. PEDMAS.

Why you guys getting 288. You must be doing something wrong?

Do you guys even do Maths?
20. 48÷2(9+3) = 288 because the order in BIDMAS infers:

1. Brackets (9+3) = 12
2. Division = 48/2 = 24
3. Multiplication 24*12 = 28

(I, A and S are not part of the equation so I skipped the stages)

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