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Originally Posted by novox77
I have to first determine what the divisor is: 2 or the quantity 2*3.

And this is exactly why this poorly iterated problem is undergoing such a long debate. This numerator or denominator question is the ambiguous part you were alluding to earlier. It's an interpretation question. But remove the ambiguity by adding a set of parentheses around one term or another, and it's all good. This particular problem is written badly, but I still insist that left and right are no higher order than each other.
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Originally Posted by novox77
Order is irrelevant once everything is converted to multiplication and/or addition, but before that can be done, order IS affecting that conversion...

So it isn't a question of order, it's just that this problem is badly written and open to a couple of conflicting interpretations.