8÷2X(2+2) = 16 8÷2(2+2) = 1 Final answer. People who are poor in math will add that multiplication sign in their delusional minds and then follow PODMAS to come up with 16 People who are proficient in math will not add that multiplication sign and still follow PODMAS exactly and come up with 1.

People like me who are stuck on RPN come up with 1 too.

Partly, the answer depends on whether you are doing programming or doing math.

The divisor bar also carries implicit parentheses. The expression could properly and unambiguously be written

8÷[2(2+2)] so that 2(2+2) all appears under the divisor bar. Lacking easy graphics, I've used [] to indicate the implicit parentheses of the divisor bar.

In programming, the expression could be interpreted as

8/2*4.

Last edited by denton; 08/01/19.

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2(...) The 2 adjacent to the parentheses means 2 times (...). Explicitly written it's 2*(...)

.....

An earlier poster declaring "2 times 4" to be in the denominator effectively inserts parentheses that weren't there, as in 8/(2*4), or 8/(2(2+2)).

Didn't you just insert an asterisk that wasn't there?

The asterisk indicates a multiplication that's already there, just to make it stick out like a sore thumb. It does not change the meaning or grouping of terms.

The extra inserted parentheses do change meaning/grouping.

"In the real world, think of the 6.5 Creedmoor as the modernized/standardized/optimized version of the 6.5x55/.260." John Barsness 2019

My friend Charlie, and I agree with him many times says...............

Stihl.

Geno

PS, when I was taught, by Catholic nuns (Sisters of St Joseph of Orange order), the answer most likely would have been 1.

PPS of course, we had a few lay teachers there too, so it may have been 16

The desert is a true treasure for him who seeks refuge from men and the evil of men. In it is contentment In it is death and all you seek (Quoted from "The Bleeding of the Stone" Ibrahim Al-Koni)

Partly, the answer depends on whether you are doing programming or doing math.

The divisor bar also carries implicit parentheses. The expression could properly and unambiguously be written

8÷[2(2+2)] so that 2(2+2) all appears under the divisor bar, where [] indicates the implicit parentheses of the divisor bar.

In programming, the expression could be interpreted as

8/2*4.

WWSS?

(What would Spock say ?)

Geno

PS I sure wish they had posed this question on the Big Bang Theory before the final episode. Sheldon would have settled it.

The desert is a true treasure for him who seeks refuge from men and the evil of men. In it is contentment In it is death and all you seek (Quoted from "The Bleeding of the Stone" Ibrahim Al-Koni)

Upon further review, and consultation with others I have come to the conclusion the answer is

Settled!

Geno

The desert is a true treasure for him who seeks refuge from men and the evil of men. In it is contentment In it is death and all you seek (Quoted from "The Bleeding of the Stone" Ibrahim Al-Koni)

It is interesting now days, when you tell someone to do the math, they look at you like your some kind of alien. I do this routinely including at my work where we have to do some math occasionally. The youngsters look at me like I am nuts or asking them to do something they should not have to do. I jokingly asked a young engineer once to calculate how many ping pong balls it would take to lift the Titanic off the bottom of the ocean and get it to the surface, by god she liked math and went home and came back the next morning with the answer. She showed me her math (way over my head) so I don't know if she was correct or not, but I give her credit.

I still have never figured out.............................

How much wood

could a woodchuck chuck

if a woodchuck could

chuck wood?

Geno

PS 42? cords? logs? sticks?

The desert is a true treasure for him who seeks refuge from men and the evil of men. In it is contentment In it is death and all you seek (Quoted from "The Bleeding of the Stone" Ibrahim Al-Koni)