(12/2)/x= 6/x and 6/6=1

or u can simply the denominator first:

12/[2(6)]= 12/12=1

either way u get the same answer!

]]>Just like we would if it were:

2w + 2y

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2x

You could have ((2w + 2y) / 2) × x = ((4 + 8) / 2) × 6 = 6×6 = 36

Or: ((2w + 2y) / (2 × x) = ((4 + 8) / (2 × 6) = 12/12 = 1

When we see something like "2x" we *automatically* think to multiply it first (unless there were brackets and exponents), so we are blinded to the possibility of it behaving the other way.

But if it were written: (2w + 2y) / 2 × x, then we would look at it and go "hmmm... maybe you should multiply by x last"

Maybe that is a little sub-rule that should go on the PEMDAS page!

]]>Then again, could be I'm still being blinded by my need to be right .

]]>You can see a page about this here: PEMDAS

]]>So...here's the equation.

w=2, x=6, y=4

(2w + 2y) / 2x

Could someone please help? The answer that we got (and that Excel got) is 36. The teacher says the answer is 1. We know that what's in parentheses gets evaluated first. The question I have is what get's evaluated next - the division or the multiplication? Based on the math textbook I say it's the division and obviously the teacher says it's the multiplication.

Anyway, thanks for any and all help.

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