Amy G.

# What is the correct value of this expression?

52 + 2(8) ÷ 2(2) + 3(3)

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David W. answered • 10/26/17

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Mark M. answered • 10/26/17

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Amy G.

Do you mean 41 + 9 = 50?

That is what I had but our high school STEM teacher said to group the 2(8) and the 2(2) then divide for 16/4

There were no parentheses in this problem however, the 8 was a variable so it was 2y and the 2 was a variable 2w. He said to treat it as 3 terms to get 25 + 4 + 9 for a total of 38. This came straight out of Pearson online curriculum and the answer was 38. I thought without the parentheses you just work across and get 50!
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10/26/17

Mark M.

Thank you for noting my error. Yes, it should be 50.
They way the expression is notated (and David W. performs) the division 2 must be done before the multiplication,
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