48

---- * (9+3) = 288

2

VS.

48

---------- = 2

2(9+3)

see but that doesn't make sense because the question is written as

x / y (a+b) = answer.

which after all applicable math is done it's

x / y (z) which should read exactly as x / y * z from order left to right. not x / (y * z).

What do you mean it doesn't make sense? It's simply stating that their are two possible equations being asked.