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#1 Re: Help Me ! » Algebra » 2005-08-26 12:25:41

I'm sorry but I don't understand why you would multiply 2x first?  That's what's really getting me...There aren't parentheses around the 2x so why wouldn't you divide then multiply?

#2 Re: Help Me ! » Algebra » 2005-08-26 12:13:42

So the correct answer is 36. (right?)

#3 Re: Help Me ! » Algebra » 2005-08-26 11:17:42

Thanks alot - I looked at the PEMDAS web page and I understand it to be like I said.  In other words, multiplication and division, working from left to right whichever comes first.  And in my mind, it supports my answer. 

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

#4 Help Me ! » Algebra » 2005-08-26 10:01:19

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Hi, this is my first post here.  Let me give everyone a little background.  My son is in 7th grade and is just beginning algebra.  It's been a while since I've been in school smile and I'm trying to help my son.  While checking his homework I cam across a problem that I thought he'd done wrong.  We worked it together and came up with the answer.  He went to school the next day and the teacher told him the answer he had was wrong.  I disagreed and sent a note to the teacher asking her where we'd gone wrong.  She sent home an answer that I'm still not satisfied with.  My son (being the smart kid he is) went into Excel, typed in the expression (he simply entered the numbers instead of the letters) and Excel evaluated it with the answer that we got.'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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