Dyana K.

asked • 04/05/18

Where do the parentheses or brackets go to make this equation correct 5+3×12-3=35?

Where do the parentheses or brackets go to make this equation correct 5+3×12-3=35?

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Arturo O.

David's solution correctly follows PEMDAS, but note it gives 38, not 35.  Could there be a typo in the problem statement?
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04/05/18

David W.

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I just realized I misunderstood the question. Where can brackets or parentheses go to make it true? I am now having a hard time figuring it out.
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04/05/18

David W.

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Dyana, I just realized I misunderstood what it was asking, but are you sure you've copied the problem correctly? 
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04/05/18

Arturo O.

I think I tried every possible combination, but I cannot get 35, so I continue to suspect there is a typo in the problem.
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04/05/18

Shelby S.

My kid was given this same problem for homework. They are supposed to insert parenthesis, brackets and/or braces to make it true....I keep getting 38 as well
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01/10/20

David W.

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Yeah, I don't think the problem is asking you to insert parentheses or brackets to show PEMDAS. It's asking you to add parentheses or brackets anywhere to make it true. For example, (5 + 3) x 12 - 3 = 35, which still is not true, but I can't find a combination that will work.
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01/10/20

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