Quote: Originally Posted by

**SledgeDG**
Quote: Originally Posted by

**mickey megabyte**

i protest!

(48÷2)(9+3) **is not valid syntax for arithmetic!** - at least it wasn't when they were trying to educate me.4

I don't see anything wrong with Bill's Syntax.

I learned that operations with Brackets (or are those parentheses?) are assumed Multiplications unless specified otherwise.

**Letters in Algebra are only substitutes/placeholders for numbers, so it wouldn't make any sense at all to apply a different set of rules here**
maybe things have changed since i went to school, but back then different syntatical rules applied in arithmetic and algebra.

for instance, in arithmetic 52 = 52 (ie 5*10 + 2), however in algebra, it's different: for example, ab=a*b, so it

**does make sense** to apply a different set of rules in the two separate fields of mathematics. at least, it makes sense to me