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Divya Kirthi3 minutes agoBodmas

Ahnaaf Arik2 hours agoIT'S 16 WITH THE BODMAS (Bracket Over Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction) METHOD.

8/2(2+2) ||| (2+2) to (4) The number in brackets is equal to multiplication

2. 8/2 = 4 3. 4(4) = 4x4 so 4(4) is equal to 16.

Answer 16

Obviously not 1

Rayzersword8 hours agoIn terms of order of operations addition and subtraction can be switched it gives the same result but the same is not true of division and multiplication all divisions must be completed before multiplication anyone who got a result of 1 incorrectly did a multiplication before division.

Rayzersword9 hours agoIts pedmas or bedmas you ignoramus' parentheses (or brackets) exponents (none in this equation) division mutiplication addition subtraction so basically do the dmas part inside the brackets then outside the brackets and multiply the two results this is like fucking extremely simple if you are getting anything other than 16 please go the fuck back to grade school whatever job you have you dont deserve it at all lol.

Anton Dereke17 hours ago^{+1}12? dumbass

Owen wandyDay agoUsing BODMAS Answers is 16.

Vasco ApolonioDay agoHoe racist is the Usa??? Damned Evil Regime.

Vasco ApolonioDay agoYou cant divide one stupid idea with yourself. You get the whole stupidity of that idea... You morons...!!!

Vasco ApolonioDay agoFirst you need to simplify the second part of the equation (in comas). 2 plus 2 is 4. Then you multiplie 2 by 4, wich is 8.

Then, the same number divided by itself is... Go learn. Im not your teatcher...

Dan2 days agookay wait I predict 16 before I read any comments or see any answers.

dennis kasirimo2 days agoAll of you are wrong its 6 after opening the brackects division comes first and the equation becomes 8/4+4=6 BODMAS

Evenso Ndlovu2 days ago^{+2}Many people quote BODMAS rule but they don't actually know how to use it.

poor man with no subscribers3 days agoThey don't know the basic method

AjvarD3 days agoYou brought equation problem and did not solve it?

Vikram Singh3 days agoIt's 16 because of bodmas

Mathilde Pozzi3 days agoIn italy that equation gives 1 as a results, don't know what you guys have been thought

Junior Usina3 days agoIs Trump’s fault

Aaditya Aggarwal3 days agoNo wonder we have more cars on the road than needed when half the ppl are giving an answer 16 times the correct one!

Michael EpplerDay agoYou know what's really funny? The fact that the correct answer is 16. It's 8:2(2+2). Which ist the same as 8:2*(2+2). You Start with the one in brackets: 8:2*4. Than you obviously continue with 8:2 which is 4 and leaves you with 4*4 which is 16. Feeling bad already? It's funny 'cause the people forgetting that the stuff in brackets comes first actually get the right answer.

lsamoa4 days agoThe only accurate answer to that math problem is "problem incorrectly stated". Whether the bracket is dividing or multiplying number 8 is unclear as the wrong division sign is used. There's no place for such ambiguity in math. You need to us / and then add a * before the bracket if the answer is supposed to be 16, or just use / if the answer is supposed to be 1. But never ÷ in any math problem statement involving more than two numbers. Basic stuff.

Sunday Lee5 days agoOne

Muhammad5 days ago^{+13}According to the majority, it's 16.

According to what people say here, it's 1.

Because in 8÷2(2+2) you do the brackets first. Which gives 8÷2(4). Then, you multiply 2 with 4 because of the brackets which gives 8÷8. When is 1.

8÷2(2+2)

8÷2(4)

8÷8

1

Edit: BODMAS starts with Brackets and that means Brackets go first

And what I was taught is that although brackets do the same thing as multiplication, they aren't the same because brackets go first.

Luthfa Begum2 days agoMuhammad that’s how I do mine

Shan B2 days ago^{+1}@dennis kasirimo answer is 16, you are not supposed to expand the brackets, it's not algebra. Even if you did you expanded wrong since its 8÷2(2+2) and not 8+2(2=2) so the real expansion you would have to do the 8/2 first so its 4(2+2), 8+8=16 but even then you aren't supposed to expand the brackets as its not valid in this scenario because of BIDMAS or PEMDAS whichever order of operations you use.

dennis kasirimo2 days ago^{+1}The answer is 6 division comes first after opening the bracket it becomes 8/4+4=6

Anuj Chitale3 days ago@Lo Kä Oh.

Cristopher Apoyon5 days ago8÷2(2+2)=1 in case you didn't know

badguy blah5 days ago^{+5}It's 1... Has no one heard of bodmas in US?

Ndimi Ketlhokile3 days agoIt's 1, deal with brackets first then devide

Simon Griffiths5 days ago^{+3}Using bodmas gives you 16

Ragib Ahmed Siddique5 days agothe ans is only 1

Hyper Striker5 days ago^{+3}First is (2+2) = 4

Second 8 ÷ 2 = 4

Third is 4 x 4 = 16

Hyper Striker2 days agoHave heard of PEMDAS?

Hyper Striker2 days agoThe Parenthesis just prioritize the equation in it

Evenso Ndlovu2 days agoThat first operation doesn't actually remove the bracket, it merely solves the contents. To remove the bracket, you have to then say 2(4) = 8. You're then left with 8/8= 1.

Danny Anderson5 days ago^{+1}Without BEDMAS, its 16.With BEDMAS its 1

Alba G6 days ago^{+1}So like I'm not American and I havent been taught with bedmas or whatever

Just brakets, then divisions and multiplicacions from left to right and then adding and substracting from left to right

If you have 1x2/2 yo do 1x2 first, if you have 1/2x2 you do 1/2 first

So 8/2(2+2) its obviously 16

I don't get why theres debate

Jay Ryze5 days agoeither youre trolling, or you really dont know the answer:

8/2(2+2)

Since there is nothing between the 2 and the bracket you have to add a multiplication sign changing the problem to:

8/2*(2+2)

this turns out to be 8/8=1

The 2* has to be multiplied to both the 2's in the bracket.

issecret16 days agoIt’s not even a math problem. Seems more like a linguistics problem to me

CitrycAcid6 days agowww.mathsisfun.com/operation-order-pemdas.html

Drewsta47 days ago^{+1}Never actually gave the answer though. It’s 16 , why not definitively state it?

Jibran5 days ago^{+2}It's 1. First you solve parenthesis, then the rest. Basic maths.

valentin ursache7 days ago^{+8}I'm curious how NASA calculated in the last 50 years how far stars are...or how many times they calculated wrong trajectory of the rockets or meteors ....

Angelo LocatelliDay agoThey were all ex-nazis so Germans and not Americans

Papapau7 days agoWhat is this BED? Eversince, i knew PEMDAS. Another divide.

Rawdah Abdirizak7 days ago^{+1}8:2(2+2)= 8:2(4)=4*4=16

Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan7 days ago^{+1}According to DMAS, the brackets are solved first, that would be 8/2 (4)=4(4)=16

philip bucher4 days ago@Lucas James everywhere in the world the result is 1

8/2(2+2)=1

forget that : that is kindergarten style

Lucas James5 days ago^{+1}In Europe multiplication comes before division so it's 1 here

Fausta Castaneda8 days ago^{+1}16. Only social media idiots would argue otherwise. That's why they're on social media.

TheFangirl139 days ago8/2(2+2)=

8/(4+4)=

8/8= 1

TheFangirl134 days ago@Alba G I was taught to expand the brackets first, 2(2+2) = 2x2 + 2x2

Alba G5 days agoWhat, no

You first solve what's INSIDE the braket

TheFangirl139 days agoIts not just BEDMAS but also expanding brackets

cyber taste9 days agoThe answer is 16 :\

Narah9 days agoPemdas? Guys??????

Faisel Moh'd Muktar10 days ago^{+1}Only those who work on programming language would understand why that Math expression went that viral.

Jezze5 days agoNo, I don't...

Blessed11 days ago^{+1}You more likely to get a job driving around then stationary.

Blame uber not the drivers.

Lala Laiq11 days ago^{+1}When it says let's say, 2 (4), it means 2×4. When there is 1 number in a bracket, you dont solve it as if it's a bracket. You consider it being multiplied.

So, 8÷2(2+2) is

8÷2=4

Then we solve the brackets, (2+2)= 4

And then we multiply, 4(4)=16

Karajorma11 days agoSuppose you have the equations x = a/bc and you also know c = d+e. If you believe the answer is 1, you can substitute for c and end up with x = a/b(d+e). If you believe the answer is 16 you can't. The act of substituting for c changes the result. You end up with two equations which should be equivalent but aren't. Maybe I'm missing something, but that doesn't sound right to me. You shouldn't be able to break algebra that easily!

InJo Kael12 days agocan we have uber for uber

Captain Phasma II12 days ago^{+5}PEMDAS???

Parenthesis,exponent,multipliacation,division,addition,substraction

I love you but13 days ago16

Kamal Aulakh13 days ago8÷2*4 is not same as 8÷2(4). You always solve for Bracket/Parranethesis first. No Matter what system you are using(i.e BODMAS, PEMDAS).

A Bracket/Parranethesis is not considered solved unless you eliminate it from the equation. It's is not eliminated by simply Replacing it with a × sigh. It is eliminated by performing the action. In this case 2(4) = 8.

Raven Bloodrose13 days ago^{+5}you do the brackets first, 2+2=4 then you do the 8 divided by 2 which is 4 and you multiply the 4 from the first half with the 4 from the half in the brackets giving you 16... that's how i was taught it

Reshy Tube13 days agoLeave the answer below, No cheating please!

Kristofer Quem?12 days ago16

Farxiya Abdilaahi14 days agoTalk about Somalia and how it is now cualivalied the world cup

shawnwyr14 days ago^{+1}Just use a calculator.

Mo n14 days agoMy illegitimate child can find my address but not uber 🤣

magnum35722514 days agothe problem is not defining the corect symbol in front of the brackets 8÷2×(2+2) or 8÷2÷(2+2) and from that it would depend will it be 1 or 16

Sean Cao13 days agoUnless the rule of Mathematics change in the last 8 years, 2(2+2) is always treated as 2×(2+2)

Eirik Olsnes14 days ago^{+3}Depends what programming language you are using :)

uildanach201014 days ago^{+3}The answer is 1. There is no other way to resolve that. You always resolve any fractions, parenthesis etc. Each side of the main equation before resolving it.

Exotic Chaotic14 days agoIsn’t the brackets just the simplification of the original equation? So the answer is 4? Im probably wrong but meh.

Kristofer Quem?12 days ago^{+1}Nah.

Brackets show what you should do first, or give priority to a part of an equation.

For example: 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2)

In this example, you have to do 2 + 2 first, then the rest from the order of left to right.

That is:

8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) =

8 ÷ 2 • 4 =

4 • 4 = 16.

Edit: Gramatical errors.

Jack King14 days ago^{+1}It's 1 how is it 16

8÷2(2+2)

=8÷2(4)

=8÷8

=1

So I understand how people can get 16 but the thing is in mathematics you can just put it in a calculator and get the answer it's step by step. When you put it in a calculator in whole it will divide 8 with 2 first before timing it with 4. The proper way is to times the 2 with 4 first because 2(n) is 2 times (n) since it should be split from divide beforehand.

Kristina Koleva15 days ago...does no one knows math order?! First you multiply,then you divide..It's 1

Rahul Mondal14 days agoNope.... Division and multipilication dont have orders same as addition n subtraction

Crimson Hades15 days agoThe answer is 1.

Gungun x15 days agoits 16

Noruane Daileg15 days ago^{+2}I don't get why this is Even a Matter of debate. It's basically pemdas

Hazel Mendes15 days agoAm I the only one who had to learn BEDMAS for computer, BODMAS for maths and BIDMAS for mental ability problems?