Wolfram was programed to give priority to juxtaposed multiplication for simplicity purposes, so I'm not sure why it's giving 288. That doesn't make sense.

Unless he realized it was causing accuracy issues with this sort of situation and fixed it.

Because the straight up reality is:

x*y = y*x = x X y = y X x = (x)(y) = x(y) = (x)y = x OF y = y OF x = x dot y = y dot x

etc, etc

Notation doesn't matter. Multiplication is multiplication straight up

it's giving 288 becuase it is the correct answer.

Yeah I know that but it doesn't make sense with the way Wolfram|Alpha is programmed because the language it uses does (or maybe did?) give priority to juxtaposed multiplication. Not saying this is correct, just that this is how it was originally established. It may have changed since then. I do agree 288 is the correct answer.

2x/2x is not equal to 1.

2x/2x = 2x^2

either way you swing it 2 is cancelled. And the second conclusion is wrong (x^2). The parenthesis are not implied as:

(2x/2)x

they are implied as

(2x)/(2x)

Again, sir, your reasoning is fallacious. Technically, the terms are 2 * x / 2 * x which you would compute from left to right as order of operations dictates resulting in ((2x)*x)/2 which gives x^2. The reason some applications (or anyone in general) would think that 2x/2x=1 is simply for ease of entry in single line functions in that the fraction bar cannot properly express a multi-level expression like it would if you were to write it correctly, and so the / in place of the fraction bar generally carries with it implied parenthetic connotation for juxtaposed elements following the /. Again, this is not technically correct, this is just to facilitate user input, and is generally accepted when dealing with very specific and predefined equations like 1/dT (which should technically be written as 1/(dT)); or if, for example, I was to say m/s(s) you would probably take that as an expression for the metric unit for acceleration even though technically I would be saying (m*s)/s = m.

Just because people do it doesn't make it right.