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Offline ArtDrake

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Math of the Demon Duck
« on: April 30, 2011, 02:41:43 PM »
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2011, 06:28:43 PM »
I just wanted to say that I think that, sometimes, the doubts raised in the discussion may be interesting for others to understand the result...
(If you want, I can delete this post.)

By the way, can we ask you to give us things like an exact formula for the perimeter of an ellipse? :P
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2011, 07:43:53 PM »
This is one I've seen floating around facebook recently, and I thought it had the potential of being open to interpretation. It depends on how you interpret the older division symbol, and what priority you consider the multiplication by parentheses to have. I know what I think is the correct answer. I just want to see your response.

6÷2(1+2)=?
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2011, 07:52:06 PM »
This is one I've seen floating around facebook recently, and I thought it had the potential of being open to interpretation. It depends on how you interpret the older division symbol, and what priority you consider the multiplication by parentheses to have. I know what I think is the correct answer. I just want to see your response.

6÷2(1+2)=?
It equals 9, because, in the order of operations, parenthesis come first, so, 2+1=3, now it's 6/2x3, so, now you go left to right, 6/2=3, 3x3=9. Sorry for stealing the show, DD.

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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2011, 07:53:06 PM »
I came upon the same answer.
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 11:59:40 AM »
This is one I've seen floating around facebook recently, and I thought it had the potential of being open to interpretation. It depends on how you interpret the older division symbol, and what priority you consider the multiplication by parentheses to have. I know what I think is the correct answer. I just want to see your response.

6÷2(1+2)=?
It equals 9, because, in the order of operations, parenthesis come first, so, 2+1=3, now it's 6/2x3, so, now you go left to right, 6/2=3, 3x3=9. Sorry for stealing the show, DD.
The thing is, that some people put forth the argument that multiplication by parentheses took priority, so one would multiply the 2 by the (3) before dividing, resulting in a final answer of six.

Also, others interpreted the division symbol as applying to both the 2 and the (1+2), so it would look like:

__6__
2(1+2)


While I agree that the answer is 9 based of what I've been taught, I was curious to see the point of view of somebody else who had been taught either of the above methods for solving this.
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 12:21:45 PM »
This is one I've seen floating around facebook recently, and I thought it had the potential of being open to interpretation. It depends on how you interpret the older division symbol, and what priority you consider the multiplication by parentheses to have. I know what I think is the correct answer. I just want to see your response.

6÷2(1+2)=?
It equals 9, because, in the order of operations, parenthesis come first, so, 2+1=3, now it's 6/2x3, so, now you go left to right, 6/2=3, 3x3=9. Sorry for stealing the show, DD.
The thing is, that some people put forth the argument that multiplication by parentheses took priority, so one would multiply the 2 by the (3) before dividing, resulting in a final answer of six.

Also, others interpreted the division symbol as applying to both the 2 and the (1+2), so it would look like:

__6__
2(1+2)


While I agree that the answer is 9 based of what I've been taught, I was curious to see the point of view of somebody else who had been taught either of the above methods for solving this.
This is what I thought at first, until one of my friends explained it to me.

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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 07:32:38 PM »
I would disagree.

6/2(1 + 2) = xGiven
a/b(1+2) = xLet a = 6
Let b = 2
a/b(3) = xAddition
a/bc = xLet c = 3
(a) / (bc) = xTerms cannot be separated by order of operations. a/bc is not equal to ab-1c, but rather to ab-1c-1
(6) / (2*3) = xSubstitution of symbols
6 / 6 = xMultiplication and removal of parentheses
x = 1Division

I think that where you got lost was where you made the mistake of equating bc and b*c. b*c can be separated if the group of symbols is divided. Then, only the b is inverted. However, bc is a separate term, and cannot be separated using the hierarchy of left-to-right.

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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011, 08:08:46 PM »
Uh, I don't think I'm gonna be here much if that's the form answers are going to be in.
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2011, 03:12:48 PM »
I don't really think that you covered all the details of the subject, Demon Duck.

The main problem here is that writing ab/cd isn't following the standard for math notation (at least, as far as I know).



So, when we write ab/cd do we mean:
(a.b)/(c.d), where "." means the multiplication period, i.e.,

a.b
-----   ?
c.d



Or does ab/cd means:
a.(b/c).d, i.e.,

b
a.-----.d   ?
c

=a.b.d/c



If we're programming, when we write a*b/c*d (with "*" meaning multiplication), this is equal to a*b*d/c. If I want to have the first case, I'll have to write a*b/(c*d) or a*b/c/d.
By the way, usually the computation of a*b/(c*d) is slightly faster and uses a bit more memory than a*b/c/d.
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2011, 03:58:48 PM »
I would disagree.
a/bc = x
(a) / (bc) = x
This is incorrect. a/bc = a/b*c= a/b THEN *c
Basically, you added parentheses when you were not supposed to.
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2011, 04:02:14 PM »
I can't stop laughing, this would be shown in a textbook to be 9 end of story. I find this interesting but more than anything funny!
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2011, 05:12:56 PM »
I can't stop laughing, this would be shown in a textbook to be 9 end of story. I find this interesting but more than anything funny!
Well, yeah, it is sad. On the facebook poll millions of people picked 1
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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2011, 05:22:34 PM »
I can't stop laughing, this would be shown in a textbook to be 9 end of story. I find this interesting but more than anything funny!
Well, yeah, it is sad. On the facebook poll millions of people picked 1
Not sad, I'd just say they have a different view on it, is all, I think picking 1, while incorrect, is perfectly rational.

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Re: Math of the Demon Duck
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2011, 07:03:22 PM »
Yeah, I'm not sure where the one came from, but in any case it's interesting to see different viewpoints.
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