# 48÷2(9+3) = ???

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Agave_Blue, Apr 9, 2011.

## 48÷2(9+3) = ???

190 vote(s)
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92 vote(s)
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1. ### BolideFriend of Leo's

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If there is a mathematical formula for love, judging from the marital history of a recently departed actress it must have been a Taylor Series.

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Bolide scores - Game over.

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For the record, my wife is a maths teacher, and she says 2.

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The "record" is filled with math teachers who disagree with her, but thanks for the info.

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do you have Math Anxiety?

Math is often associated with pain and frustration.

my grade seven math teacher used to beat us into submission i kid you not

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48÷2(9+3) = ? is a math problem that, depending on the order of operations used, leads to two different answers: 2 and 288. It can be a hot topic for debate, and is sometimes used to troll other users because of the argument that can result afterward.

This internet phenomenon exploded on April 7th, 2011, around the same time when searches for “48÷2(9+3) =”2 spiked on Google. The thread that first sparked interest in this problem was on Hot Pursuit3, a small local forum based in Texas. Shortly afterwards a member of the site posted the query on BodyBuilding.com and was spread on wards. Other forum posts from that day include Physics Forums WallStreetOasis.com, SpartanTailgate, grasscity.com, Tennis Warehouse, Inside MD Sports, and The Escapist. On April 8th, it popped up on 6Theory, NIKETLK, Yahoo! Answers, DIYMA.com, and The Ill Community

Inputting the problem on different calculators can lead to different results depending on if the calculator is non-scientific or scientific, and how the calculator interprets order of operations.

There are considerable arguments for both answers, but the general consensus is that writing ambiguous fractions like “2/6x” makes solving such problems confusing, and it is considered bad form to write ambiguously written fractions in the first place.

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6. ### Joe-BobDoctor of Teleocity

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Really? Because there's nothing ambiguous about that fraction at all.

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8. ### Burnt GerbilTele-Meister

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I don't know why that always bothered me so much. I refuse, REFUSE, to concede that .9(repeating) equals 1. REFUSE! But I used to know the proofs or whatever to prove it to be correct. I could probably figure it out again if I had to.

If there's room for argument, does that mean there is a way to "prove" that does not equal 1 so that I may be able to adequately argue against it? Admittedly, mathematics was never my strong point, so I have been known to lose that argument. At least, until I learned that I couldn't win so I just quit arguing.

And I can't remember if I ever chimed in on this discussion forever ago, but I voted 288. Reasons have already been expressed more intelligently than I'm capable of. I can't really add anything to the discussion. I will say that the next day I gave the math problem to my 2 younger brothers, ages 12 and 13. The 12-year-old got 288, the 13 year-old got 2.

9. ### tjallaFriend of Leo's

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Is this a Dallas vs Houston sorta thing?

10. ### gator19482005Tele-Holic

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I looked at the subject and came to 288 then read your post so I'm with you

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12. ### TxTeleManTele-Afflicted

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It's easy.
1. 1/3 = .333... If .333... x 3 = .999... and 1/3 x 3 = 1. Then, .999... = 1
2. There is no real number between .999... and 1.

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Wow ! There is so much math ignorance......I must be from a different country or something.....there is no ambiguity here people....this is BASIC math.
288 only answer that is correct

Keep playing your telecasters cause there are a lot of you that are not ready for math !

14. ### tjallaFriend of Leo's

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SNAP!!!

15. ### brewwagonPoster Extraordinaire

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There is no real number between .999... and 1.

no real numbers? move the decimal place .0001 machinists do it all day long
so the parts they make fit together right

16. ### mericTele-Holic

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I don't like the idea of voting for a RIGHT answer......consensus is not truth !
If you believe that you can get a correct math response from tallying up votes......
i just don't know what to say.....HELP!!!

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