6÷2(1+2) = x Solve for x

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6÷2(1+2) = x Solve for x

Poll closed Aug 16, 2021.
  1. 1

    45.1%
  2. 9

    54.9%
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  1. Stratoblaster

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    I stuck it in a piece of C# source code and took a screenshot of the debugger. 9 is the result.

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  2. Roger66

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    Yeah pandemics make people stupid. No doubt. Coincidence? I DONT THINK SO! Hee hee hee.
     
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    The order of operations I use depends on if I need the answer to be 1 or 9.
     
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  4. heltershelton

    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris Silver Member

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    THIS is the correct answer!!!!!
     
  5. Roger66

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  7. Esg877

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    I'm surprised it's even an argument.

    I'm glad you guys are guitar players and not software developers... or we would all be funked and nothing would work.

    (edit: btw, it's 9. There is no discussion. Really.)
     
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  8. The-Kid

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    "New Math"......



    Yeah tell that to Copernicus.
     
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    That rabbit hole really isn't that deep. Even he talks about the lines being blurred. Implying a second set of brackets changes everything but it is not what is written. When the first set of parenthes is actually a way of writing multiplication. Read it for what it actually says and follow the rules and the answer is 9.
     
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    Where’s my abacus ????
     
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    LOL... Is this supposed to be talking smack? I'm relieved that you know it hurts to be wrong.


    I took Calculus in grade 12 as a prerequisite to engineering and then went and took a business program in college :thumbd:

    Eventually I ended up being a software developer. I use math all the time. Sometimes I need Calculus to figure out distance over time and movement so out of interest I started refreshing my knowledge about Calculus about 10 years ago. The thing is... These rules or conventions, as you prefer to call them; they don't change but if you don't know the difference of why the answer is 9 and not 1, you will struggle with higher mathematics. That is an actual fact.
     
  13. Roger66

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    Agreed. Math is made for Man. Man is not made for Math. Bahahahahaha!
     
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    Pretty much...this.... Even though the answer is 1 and not 9.....

    If you cant do this simple math or understand it.....or anyone before us had tried to bend math to their convenience and well how do I put it....



    If you try do Mickey Mouse Math.....its just not going to work or get anyone anywhere.



    Good luck doing Calc....or making the first tube amps or transistors or semi conductors...


    Forget going to space or the moon, satellites or computers or any modern luxury we use now.





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    The rule is : Do the operations from left to right. Solve the Brackets, the exponent, multiplication and division (which ever comes first, LEFT TO RIGHT)), subtraction and addition (which ever comes first ...).
    In the brackets: 1+2=3
    From left to right: 6 divided by 2=3 and 3 X 3=9
    Following the rule there is but one answer. Really. No new math because there is no new math. These things have been set in stone since as long as any of you all have been alive, and that goes for your ancestors way back many generations. We learned it as youngsters and it did not ever change. (I thank g_d that the person who wrote the code for the computer that cut out the parts for my guitar knew this.)
    That this question exists is reason for me to believe that we need class rooms with black (green) boards, no calculators until higher mathematics is taught and the students KNOW HOW to use the calculators. A lot of marvelous things have been made in the twentieth century to help people seek more leisure and solve complex problems more quickly than our ancestors. BUT if we lose the ability to figure some things out without electronic aids and thereby do not know if the result is reasonable then we will be in BIG trouble. Learn those multiplication tables, know how to approach a problem using the rules. PLEASE.
     
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    You have the same last name as the famous ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson
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    The point is what it actually says is ambiguous. You asked for an example where calculators give 1 as the answer, I gave you one. The point is that this is just a convention, and it's not about "following the rules". Rules and conventions are not the same. You were taught one set of conventions, and others were taught something else what makes you think that the way you were taught something is more correct?

    If we want to be less ambiguous the question should be (6/2)(2+1), or 6/[2(2+1)], but it's not. The way it's written is ambiguous and you shouldn't make assumptions.
     
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    What is the Strat-Talk record for the longest thread?
     
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