## anonymous 5 years ago 48÷2(9+3) = ? Is it 2 or 288? Justify your answer please, it's bugging me...

1. anonymous

ok first you need to add the numbers inside the parentheses....that's the rule. Then using parentheses you multiply 2 by 12, which is 24. 48 divided by 24 is 2.

2. anonymous

i think that it is 2 because you go from left to right

3. anonymous

My question is basically, is the question viewed as: (48/2)*(9+3) or 48/(2*(9+3))?

4. anonymous

it's 48 / (2*(9+3))

5. anonymous

Sorry Gang, it's (48/2) x (9+3) as it is written.

6. anonymous

$48\div 2(9+3) = 48 \div 2 * (9+3) = 48\div 2 * 12 = \frac{48}{2}*12$ $=24*12 = 36$

7. anonymous

"24 * 12 = 36" *Awwwwwwwwwkward*

8. anonymous

Err yes, 288