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Windows 7: 48÷2(9+3) = ?

View Poll Results: Which answer do you prefer?
2 35 58.33%
288 25 41.67%
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13 May 2011   #81
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alfred01 View Post
... Go back to simple math.
Heh, I actually have a theory on the cause of all this commotion: Us being acquainted to more complex mathematics, mainly algebra, we tend to forget the simplicity of simple problems such as this. We are very used with the x and y equations that we try to apply it to this one too (not that it shouldn't; I'm talking very down to earth here).

For example, take the equation x˛/y(x+1). Upon seing the equation, we would do the groupings first and then distribute it, as we know we can barely do anything with dissimilar variables. Since almost every problem bombarded to us usually involves dissimilar variables, it becomes instict to simplify everything first and mostly do division last.

My teacher always told me: "Once you become an expert engineer knowing complex things, you would tend to forget even the simplest of equations"

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13 May 2011   #82
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alfred01 View Post
... Go back to simple math.
Heh, I actually have a theory on the cause of all this commotion: Us being acquainted to more complex mathematics, mainly algebra, we tend to forget the simplicity of simple problems such as this. We are very used with the x and y equations that we try to apply it to this one too (not that it shouldn't; I'm talking very down to earth here).

For example, take the equation x˛/y(x+1). Upon seing the equation, we would do the groupings first and then distribute it, as we know we can barely do anything with dissimilar variables. Since almost every problem bombarded to us usually involves dissimilar variables, it becomes instict to simplify everything first and mostly do division last.

My teacher always told me: "Once you become an expert engineer knowing complex things, you would tend to forget even the simplest of equations"
Very well put arkhi.
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13 May 2011   #83
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The way I was taught, you do the (9+3) first, multiply 2 with 12 and only then divide 48÷24.
It may be years ago, but I can still remember the basics of mathematics.
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13 May 2011   #84
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Reaper, no disrespect, but please check this link.
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13 May 2011   #85
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

OK, light beer. Taste great, or less filling?

A Guy
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13 May 2011   #86
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
OK, light beer. Taste great, or less filling?

A Guy

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13 May 2011   #87
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Either kind makes me pee alot.............
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13 May 2011   #88
alfred01

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Either kind makes me pee alot.............

Dennis, is it true Wolves pee in the woods?
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13 May 2011   #89
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alfred01 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Either kind makes me pee alot.............

Dennis, is it true Wolves pee in the woods?
Yes, but if no one is there to hear it...

A Guy
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13 May 2011   #90
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Now gentlemen..................Don't pee me off!
I just might pee on your shoes...
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