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# 48/2(9+3) -- The answer is 2

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 Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point Started: 3/5/2012 Category: Miscellaneous Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period Viewed: 10,607 times Debate No: 21758
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Posted by Shadowguynick 2 years ago
This is actually an extremely easy mistake to correct. In math there is a concept known as a monomial. Its essentially this: Any number seperates by a + or - is a monomial. Notice it doesn't say / or *. So when doing the problem you CAN use the distributive property, but for the monomial. So yoou would distribute 48/2 to 9, then distribute it to three. Add the two and you get 288. Should look like this:
48/2(9+3)
(48/2)*9)+(48/2)*3)
216+72
288
Posted by wiploc 5 years ago
: Posted by drafterman
: Plug =48/2*(9+3) into excel. Tell me what you get.

288
Posted by THEBOMB 5 years ago
Posted by Oldfrith 5 years ago
You're both wrong. Calculator comes up with 36.
Posted by drafterman 5 years ago
Plug =48/2*(9+3) into excel. Tell me what you get.
Posted by healthylight 5 years ago
@drafterman and everybody else

Thanks for the feedback.
Posted by drafterman 5 years ago
Healthy. The two notations are NOT the same. When you use / you can't assume everything to the right is the denominator. That's why we have order of operations. Con showed this already.
Posted by wiploc 5 years ago
Healthy,

You undertook to prove that _the_ answer is 2, but all you showed is that 2 would be _an_ answer if we were free to pick any order of calculation we wanted.

I'm reminded of a joke:
A guy staying at Canadian hotel resident calls down to the front desk.
"Excuse me, the hot water faucet has a C on it, for 'Cold."
"I'm sorry, but that C is for 'caliente,' which means 'hot.'"
"Oh, yeah? Well, that's just not true. The cold water faucet also has a C on it."
"That one stands for 'cold.' This is a bilingual hotel in a bilingual country."
Posted by healthylight 5 years ago
@drafterman

Let me defend myself here.

48/2*(9+3)

In the equation above, the slash sign is used to make a fraction. Therefore, 2*(9+3) is treated as a denominator, and 48 as a numerator, and they are treated separately.

To make this more clear, the equation is

48
--------
2*(9+3)

=
48
--------
2*(12)

=

48
---------
24

= 2

I apologize for continuing the debate in the comments section, but I needed a chance to clarify myself.
Posted by chasinheffers 5 years ago
You have to admit he's fun, but quite the loose cannon. I just finished a debate with him on the Boston Tea Party, where he tried to say the Iroquois League and the Council of Fifty were somehow related, and I was stumped to be honest. Had I missed something? Turns out, no. No such relationship at all.
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