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So a possible third result?! Purple smoke....8 / 2 (2+2)=

- Parentheses (simplify inside 'em)
- Exponents
- Multiplication and Division (from left to right)
- Addition and Subtraction (from left to right)

1, simplify what is in the parenthesis first.

8 / 2 (4) =

3a (divide)

4 (2) =

3b Multiply

8

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That's how I learned it....Wait, there's a method that yeilds 16? Division first, then addition, then mutliplication?

Parens - 2+2 =4

Exponenets - none of these

Multiplication - 2 x 4 = 8

Division - 8 /8 = 1

Addition -already did that back in Parens

Subtraction - none of this.

Obtain the sum of the parentheses (2+2) = 4

Divide next: 8/2 = 4

Multiply: 4 x 4 = 16

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How did you get my picture?

All math problems should have ONE solution, and it shouldn't involve a bunch of rigamarole to get it. "I'm sorry, before you can solve this simple equation, you must first know about 8 million different rules that we've made up for no apparent reason except that we like to **** with you."

Why I failed HS math: they started talking about Reverse Polish Notation! I couldn't handle ANY MORE RULES!

All math problems should have ONE solution, and it shouldn't involve a bunch of rigamarole to get it. "I'm sorry, before you can solve this simple equation, you must first know about 8 million different rules that we've made up for no apparent reason except that we like to **** with you."

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... More likely a crash landing in the Artic.

It was a movie studio set!!!

That means the answer is magic.

How do I know?

I used to have a calculator for that... I hated it.Why I failed HS math: they started talking about Reverse Polish Notation! I couldn't handle ANY MORE RULES!

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I have no skillz and no talents... so I went to work for the guberment.And English aint looking so good either How was Art class?

You had a calculator...?I used to have a calculator for that... I hated it.

We weren't even allowed to use slide rules (yes, I was in one of the last class years in my school district where they taught slide rule basics).

Gee, this must be what it feels like to be old. On the plus side, the music back then is far superior to the stuff today. And yes, get off my lawn!

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Well there goes the theory of math being a universal language! What if the aliens have an unknown third way of doing this problem. What if it equals 8? For me the answer is 16.

8

Did you also have an abacus?You had a calculator...?

We weren't even allowed to use slide rules (yes, I was in one of the last class years in my school district where they taught slide rule basics).

Gee, this must be what it feels like to be old. On the plus side, the music back then is far superior to the stuff today. And yes, get off my lawn!

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You misspelled maffs.

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So maybe those evil aliens will go to a completely different part of the galaxy when they decode the Voyager message? Or that "Star Trek: the Movie" will never happen?

Well there goes the theory of math being a universal language! What if the aliens have an unknown third way of doing this problem. What if it equals 8? For me the answer is 16.

8÷2=4+

(2+2)=4

8

Figuring from a vertical viewpoint. Got to be careful of those aliens.

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Nah. Could never get a bead on one of those. (Been wanting to use this emoji all day!)Did you also have an abacus?

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How so?You misspelled maffs.

Forgot the "s".How so?