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    Yes, thereís a point to this. Iíll follow up the answers posted.

    8 / 2 ( 2 + 2 ) = ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dutch508 View Post
    And we have a winner!
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    I've had teachers tell me to "Solve this equation" my entire life. Didn't work then and won't now,
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    It's a difference of interpretation of the bracketed term. To some including me 2(2+2) must be resolved first, producing 1 as the answer, but a lot of people - who are, of course, wrong - treat the term as 2 x (2+2) which means the multiplication by 2 has no special priority in the equation and is just performed with all the other operations in order. Normal people see the absence of the operator as meaning the entire term must be be resolved completely first before proceeding. If it was supposed to be 2 x (2 + 2) it should be written that way, in which case the answer would be 16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DumbAss Tanker View Post
    It's a difference of interpretation of the bracketed term. To some including me 2(2+2) must be resolved first, producing 1 as the answer, but a lot of people - who are, of course, wrong - treat the term as 2 x (2+2) which means the multiplication by 2 has no special priority in the equation and is just performed with all the other operations in order. Normal people see the absence of the operator as meaning the entire term must be be resolved completely first before proceeding. If it was supposed to be 2 x (2 + 2) it should be written that way, in which case the answer would be 16.
    I was taught that 2 (whatever) means times, or 'x'. I turned-in hundreds of math-pages and nobody ever said anything. The 'x' was eliminated to shorten the equation, as logic dictated that no 'x' was needed to depict generic multiplication.

    So the answer is 16... old school.
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    Based on what I was taught, that equation is 4X4=16

    On edit: I was never very good at mathematics, but if you make a mistake using it in a real world application, youíll usually know. Lol!
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    As indicated in the video, the problem is a unclear presentation of the equation. It needs a second set of parentheses. It should read either

    (8/2)(2+2)

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    8/(2(2+2))

    For clarity.
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