WhataFnGeek on November 21st, 2020 at 07:41 UTC »

As someone that does math for a living, this makes me really sad.

kvothetyrion on November 21st, 2020 at 08:01 UTC »

This is just generally a poorly written problem

Edit: For people questioning why - all of these PEMDAS problems are super dumb. No mathematician writes a purposefully confusing equation. The correct way to write this problem is as a fraction.

If you want the answer to be 9: [6(2+1)]/2

If the want the answer to be 1: 6/[2(2+1)]

ShiBen0725 on November 21st, 2020 at 08:07 UTC »

This went viral few weeks back and it keeps going viral for some reason.

the correct answer from a mathematician is “you need to write this better so it’s not ambiguous”

WhataFnGeek on November 21st, 2020 at 07:41 UTC »

As someone that does math for a living, this makes me really sad.

kvothetyrion on November 21st, 2020 at 08:01 UTC »

This is just generally a poorly written problem

Edit: For people questioning why - all of these PEMDAS problems are super dumb. No mathematician writes a purposefully confusing equation. The correct way to write this problem is as a fraction.

If you want the answer to be 9: [6(2+1)]/2

If the want the answer to be 1: 6/[2(2+1)]

ShiBen0725 on November 21st, 2020 at 08:07 UTC »

This went viral few weeks back and it keeps going viral for some reason.

the correct answer from a mathematician is “you need to write this better so it’s not ambiguous”