Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi
Given the equation 48÷2Χ12 how would you solve it?
Just work simply from left to right.
Quote: Originally Posted by Hopalong X
Sorry but the FRACTION is the primary function of this equation - not division or multiplication.
That is what I was attempting to explain.
converts to this in simple math/algebra (48÷2)(9+3)= x
...and that is not the way the origninal equation is written.
And the notation you used isn't how the equation is written, because as I said, you're giving multiplication precedence over division, which results in the equation being written as 48/(2(9+3)). ÷ and / both simply mean divide, too. Doesn't change anything.
The expression is computed as
The main problem with it though is just how different people follow different standards. It is an ambiguous equation, because the way it's written should be avoided, and should be written as you said (48/2)(9+3) to make it crystal clear.