Thread: 48/2(9+3)....?
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:34 PM
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The answer is 2. The problem looks like it has more than one answer because are treating it as a calculation in a string form instead of as a fraction. So people are calculating it thus:

48/2 = 24
24 x (9+3) = 24 x 12 = 288.

This is incorrect. This problem is not in fact an equation, it is a fraction. It should be treated like this:
48
--------
2(9+3)

or

48
----------
2 x 12

or

48
----
24

or

2
--
1

which of course is just 2.
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