Yeah I edited that cause I didn’t throw a chair to my maths teacher. I threw it aiming for another kid but it flew past my ancient greek teacher…

42

I work with loads of statisticians, economists, accountants, actuaries and social researchers.

The statisticians will tell you the answer is 14 with an accuracy of 95%.

The economists will tell you there are various answers, depending on which economic theory you subscribe to.

The accountants will ask you what do you want the answer to be?

The actuaries will ask you when do you want the answer to be 14?

The social researchers will tell you they have discussed the answer with 100 people using a structured interview format and most of them report the answer is “aubergine”.

use bodmas, simple

We prefer 42 aubergines:D

matt (11/11/2011)

Lew (11/11/2011)too easy with a calculator

but a calculator will be wrong

Not if you’ve got a decent calculator.

My calculator knows BEDMAS

BODMAS can be very misleading. For example, without cheating, what is the answer to 10 - 3 + 2?

Maybe it should be :

B

E

DM

AS

In real life I’d tend to write it down from left to right if I was working something out on paper so it probably wouldn’t work if someone came along and read it back. If it were for someone else to read, I’d always use brackets.

The answer is simple, it’s 42.

apparently i’ve got it wrong too,

but happy to say as i really dont dig math

so without Bodmas its 0 and with its 15

so how come I got to Uni level math and no one ever introduced me to Bodmas then?

i’m not sure what bodmas is.

but how is it tricky? 10-3+2 = 9.

addition and substraction are on the same “level” of priority.

multiplication and division are on a higher level of priority.

this means that if there are no brackets, then the multiplication or division applies ONLY to the two numbers on both sides. it’s as if the brackets are implied but not explicitly there.

so the original question can be rewritten as 1+1+1+…+(1x0)= only one of the one’s are multiplied by 0.

so in a simpler example, 1+3+2+1x0=

6+ 1x0 = 6+ (1x0) = 6+0 = 6

so the answer is 14

Toby-1-kenobi (12/11/2011)so without Bodmas its 0 and with its 15

so how come I got to Uni level math and no one ever introduced me to Bodmas then?

No it’s not… with it’s 14. Look closer

loud (12/11/2011)i’m not sure what bodmas is.

but how is it tricky? 10-3+2 = 9.

addition and substraction are on the same “level” of priority.

Exactly! Bodmas (Google it) implies otherwise and gives an answer of 5.

aha, well bodmas is an acronym for trying to remember the rules then.

i seeee.

either way that’s that

anyone remember how to do divison on paper? i tried a few years ago and failed horribly.

36:) It`s my Bodmas count.

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 - 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 x 0 = ?

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1=10

10 - 1=9

9+ 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1=14 and 1 x 0 = 0 so …

14 + 0 = 14

piece of cake

second year primary school math (in Romania )

BIDMAS:

Brackets

INDICIES

DIVISION

MULTIPLICATION

ADDING

SUBTRACTION

14… 1+1 blablabla = Zzzzzzzz I hate Maths!

Good question though

in what context did this thread come into existence?

just curious how one comes across this in everyday life