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@Beloscar, the only thing in the brackets was 9+3. In America we learned PEMDAS in 5th grade. After learning it, a simple equation like this is really easy. There are literally 4 steps which can be done mentally if one has the capability too. Also math major seriously? I expected much better from you. But when you learn harder equations I suppose the easier ones escape your memory. Or you could just be lying to sound smarter

@Snoopy 20111, Im an engineer, like every honest fellow, i take my wiskey clear, im a rambling wreck from golden tech, a helluva engineer. Also the answer is actually 2, you can prove this by working through the problem in a different manner, lets say that you never added anything, but instead you started off by foiling. If you multiply 2x9 and 2x3 first this will give you 18 + 6, now by order of operations you will get 48 ÷ 18 + 6, which will equal 48 ÷ 24, which equals 2. I will now take my leave!

@patrickcranley13, im necroing this because your arrogance hurts my eyes. one thing I remember from school is that those cheap calculators don't do it right. you need a graphing calculator because this equation is the same as the fraction 48 over 2(9+3) the answer is 2. graphing calc confirms it. the engineer who used the foil property also proved it.

@P71Cvpi87, please revert back to the basics. Multiplication and Division have the same priority in the equation, so you go from left to right. Therefore making it 48/2*12=24*12=288. You may have graduated, but I've learned it more recently, so I think your credentials are actually counting against you here

It all depends on how you were thought to deal with parentheses using PEMDAS. Some schools say that you can just get rid of unnecessary parentheses, others say you have to remove them. 48 / 2 (12). Some people learn that you can't just erase parentheses, they have to be removed, using PEMDAS. IE the reason some people get 2. Because 2(12) would effectively be getting rid of the parentheses.
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