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Although this is a very simple problem, myself and another educator have debated the answer. It's the simple ones sometimes! We need the wisdom of other math teachers to help us out. This is all in fun! Please solve: 8/2(2+2)
MTA PEMDAS is an acronym that summarizes the order in which parentheses, exponentiation, multiplication and division, addition and subtraction are performed in an arithmetic or algebraic expression.

8/2(2+2)=8/2(4)=8/2*(4)=8/2*4=4*4=16

You can put this in a calculator that allows expression entry and verify that result is 16.
BA Well...it depends on what is meant because the notation isn't all that clear. IF it means the fraction 8 over 2 (or 8 divided by 2) multiplied by the sum of 2 and 2, yes--the answer is 16. If it means 8 divided by twice the sum of 2 and 2, the answer is 1. The calculator is assuming the first.

It would be much better to write this problem...See More
Aug 12


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