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Help with silly problem

Postby tammielee1 on Mon May 02, 2011 10:53 pm

What is the answer to the following problem and why? 6/2(1+2) It seems like there are conflicting ways listed on the web site.
Do you do 6/2 first or 2x3 first? I appreciated the help.
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Postby stapel_eliz on Tue May 03, 2011 12:48 am

tammielee1 wrote:What is the answer to the following problem and why? 6/2(1+2) It seems like there are conflicting ways listed on the web site.
Do you do 6/2 first or 2x3 first? I appreciated the help.

The notation is ambiguous. Good arguments can be made for either position.

For a discussion of how (and thus why there is no one "right" answer to your question), please scroll down to the last example on this page. :wink:

(See also here.)
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