Quote:
Originally Posted by EarlyMon
From a previous wiki reference 
Similarly, care must be exercised when using the slash ('/') symbol. The string of characters "1/2x" is interpreted by the above conventions as (1/2)x. The contrary interpretation should be written explicitly as 1/(2x).
Substitute (1+2) for x and it's case closed.

That one I can follow.
6/2(x+y) being equal to 3(x+y) I have trouble following.
substituting (1+2) for x in that example is still not the same, as you only have the multiplier.
So you can follow my logic, I was taught 6/2(x+y)
is
6

2(x+y)
which is same as
6

2x +2y
Sounds like something to send to school with my son, and see what answer his algebra IV professor sends back
EDIT: never mind  I see your reference . almost 5am here.
1/2x = 1/2(x), 6/2x = 6/2(x).
Still curious as to what his prof will say