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NO the only operation in parenthesis is 12 or if you want 1*12 = 12. That takes care of parenthesis and you are left with 2 * 12 

parenthesis is already solved for in that. look closer at the parenthesis, and what is in between them 
When will people realize this is a POORLY WORDED question. But it DOES make sense. 48/2(9+3) is the same thing as writting (48/2)(9+3) the added symbols are just UNNEEDED. 

no because in order of operations the (x+y) gets done first then it goes back to the front. it's like 2 + 3 (3 + 6) / 2  1 + 5 = _______9_____________ _5__*__9__/__2__1__+__5 = 19.5
Edited by ShinUmbra#1720 on 6/12/2012 8:27 AM PDT


48 / 2 * 12 Look I eliminated the parenthesis... And that's 288... 2(12) is implied multiplication, hence why you can replace it with * 

When will people realize this is a POORLY WORDED question. Correct. (48/2)(9+3) is exact translation of 48÷2(9+3) 

yes, yes, yes. don't listen to the people who say that 2(12) mustn't be done first. even my old math textbook which I have in my hands right now says that even if a single number is in parentheses, it must be eliminated before doing other divisions and multiplications. 

which would make it (24)*(12) 

it's 19.5 

Okay i will eliminate that for you 2*12 need any more eliminating? 

yes, yes, yes. don't listen to the people who say that 2(12) mustn't be done first. I tried really hard, but man...you are just hopeless 
This is false. 2(12) = 2*12 the parentheses DO NOT MATTER in this case because it is implying multiplication not operations to be done. The only time you should get the answer of 2 is if 48/[2(9+3)] was your problem. Which in this case it IS NOT. 

you don't eliminate it in that sense genius. 2(12) = 2 * 12 

But it DOES make sense. 48/2(9+3) is the same thing as writting (48/2)(9+3) the added symbols are just UNNEEDED. I'll rephrase: so that it's not ambiguous. 
I put this matter to rest on page two. A document written by a professional mathematical organization was quoted there, and the document indicates that the professional mathematicians follow a convention that has juxtaposed multiplications take precedence over ther divisions and multiplications. Hence by the convention followed by the professionals, the answer is 2. If you read the problem the other way, you are not reading it the way that professional mathematicians would read it.


OMG 12 is the solved number for 9+3 it's in () with everyone only because it's easier to be seperated . WHICH IS THE ONLY THING THAT NEEDS TO BE SOLVED FIRST 48 / 2 (9 + 3) 12 48 >/>2=24>*>12 = 288. 

Ok well, you can argue with an editor that has a PhD and my calculator now. 
What are you talking about? It's the same thing. Regardless of how you look at it. You do not multiply 2*12 first you do 48/2 first. 
Putting a single varieble in parenthese only seperates it from the other values. So then if I was to say 48/2(12), that is only saying that 48/2 is a fraction that is independent of 12 and 12 is not in the denominator. So when you put it into a calculator you get 288 and not 2. So then a varieble being next to another in parentheses in no way gives it priority to being calculated first, only what is inside of it.


thanks sorry was just quick paper math 
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