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288 128 47.76%
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:07 AM
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3 x 6 = 9 in your universe!? Holy crap, no wonder most of this thread makes absolutely no sense.

I'd argue that the answer to the OP's poll is both, because the intent of the phrase isn't clear from the way it is written, which is why we have polls like this in the first place.

Now about that "plane on a treadmill" problem...

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There again the age difference comes into play -- computers (as we know them today) did not exist when I was going to school & when I started college you were not allowed to have a calculator in class. Later that changed & at the 2nd univ. I went to you'd better darn well have a calculator or you couldn't keep up! But the professors' view was that a calculator only helped your speed -- i.e., the calculator wasn't going to solve an equation for you that you didn't already know how to do on paper.

And I never heard of the "PEMDA Rule" before today -- I just happened across it by copying the original equation we've been talking about & pasting it into the Google search bar -- than all kinds of stuff came up!! Again, we were always taught to do the unfinished part of an equation 1st, then you'd end up with only one thing left to do, be it add, subtract, multiply or divide.

You'd go left to right if there are unfinished calculations on both sides of the operator, finishing the left side, then the ride side, then apply the operator between them & the answer is always the same that way. For example;


(3 x 6) (4 - 2) =

9 2 =

4.5 (or 4 1/2)

And since we used to do a lot of fractions, you'd have to be able to write an equation both ways -- my example would be

(3 x 6)
_______

(4 - 2)

or
9
__

2

= 4.5

or,
1
__

16

and 1 16 mean exactly the same thing.

I also happened across an article which evidently started the whole deal -- with a couple photos showing 2 calculators of the same brand, but different models, coming up with the two different results, 2 & 288. So it boiled down to what order of operations had been programed into the calculators!

But going back to doing it on paper (before calculators & computers existed), you'd always come up with 2 as the answer.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:56 AM
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So if Billy had to bring home 60 apples from the store for his Mom, and along the way he ran into Timmy who ate 24 apples, what do you have?

Well from my days back in math class you would have one unhappy mother and a kid with a really sore stomach!

Oh and 288 is the correct answer.
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haha guys, I just graduated high school. It's fresh in my mind.

It's 2.

You have to distribute out the 2(9+3) then add the 18+6 together
then divide the 48 by that (48/24)

It's 2
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must be that "new" math my parents use to talk abot.
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haha guys, I just graduated high school. It's fresh in my mind.

It's 2.

You have to distribute out the 2(9+3) then add the 18+6 together
then divide the 48 by that (48/24)

It's 2
But did you pass math??

It has been a long, long time since I was in high school, but I'm sure we were taught to work from left to right.

You do the stuff that you come to first, but when you get to a bracketed item you do those next and then continue on with the equation?

So here are two links that I thought were decent reads.

The first one talks about this math equation and how it came about......

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/48293

The second link is apparently "the definitive" answer.

http://thecorridortheory.blogspot.ca...93-debate.html
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now if you use Los Angeles California math

you would have to figure it out using cocaine as the product
they don't know what an apple is
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LOL........

What a difference a two hour car ride north makes! Hahahahaha........
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But did you pass math??

It has been a long, long time since I was in high school, but I'm sure we were taught to work from left to right.

You do the stuff that you come to first, but when you get to a bracketed item you do those next and then continue on with the equation?

So here are two links that I thought were decent reads.

The first one talks about this math equation and how it came about......

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/48293

The second link is apparently "the definitive" answer.

http://thecorridortheory.blogspot.ca...93-debate.html
Does not matter how long you've been in school or out of school- there has never been a- work from left to right -rule in mathematics.
There is a concept called "order of operations: and that supersedes all logical rules that may "seem" to be correct.
Answer 2
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I have to agree with the new graduate. As I recall you take care of the parenthesis first then continue with the problem. 2 is the answer.
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I regret to inform most of you that the correct answer is 288. I mean 2! No, wait...288. Can we move on now?

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