Thread: 62(1+2) = ?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 07:08 PM   #291 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by davoid View Post
I do follow that but I guess I agree with XplosiV because I studied electronic engineering at uni (a long time ago) and my maths is ok but I did see the 2(2+1) as having operational priority, placing the product in the denominator. I guess I didn't read it as a computer algorithm would interpret it but tackled the parenthesis and its immediate product first. I'm not claiming I'm right, just that the presentation of the problem invites alternative interpretations due to ambiguity.

I like this thread.
Indeed. There is no doubt that because of the way one types(all on one line), versus hand writes, there is inherent ambiguity. Maybe the author of this thread intended it to be that way to cause the debate, maybe not. It certainly has spurred some.
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