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Kpop X Anime High8 hours agoEven if they aren't sure what the answer is, can't they just confirm it with calculator??.....

Slyr 1212 hours ago8÷2 (2+2)

8÷2 (4)

4 (4)

:16

sylvester bonnah15 hours ago^{+1}Answer is 16 don't @ me

X2BProds20 hours agowhy is it so hard, there's no sign in between the bracket and 2

so therefore its 4

Pro Bro & Jo21 hour agoThe answer is 16 bcz of order of operations... C'mon ppl

Lord Puggles22 hours agoOkay 8÷2(2+2) ->

*8 ÷ 2 × (4)* The Brackets rule of Bidmas/Bodmas means we will firstly solve what is *inside* the brackets. Any number before the brackets is multiplying the bracket, resulting in the *2 × (4)*

-> *4 × (4)* The first 4 derives from *8 ÷ 2*. The Bidmas rule shows Division before Multiplication.

-> *4 × 4 = 16*

Hope this helps anyone confused by 8÷2(2+2)

AlphaツDay agoits 16

Robert BurtonDay ago^{+1}Just sayin', but MS Excel thinks it's 16 as well! I put into a blank cell: =8/2(2+2) and hit enter. Excel finds a typo and suggests a correction to: =8/2*(2+2) I say I accept that and it calculates the cell to 16.

It does this because it follows the correct rules:

1) (2+2) =4 (put that to one side)

2) 8/2 = 4

3) Bring back in the answer from the brackets and that leaves us with.... 4*4. Which of course equals? Anyone? Anyone?

SIXTEEN.

Dieciséis.

Seize.

Dezesseis.

Sechszehn.

Sedici.

十六.

16.

One (1) is defintely NOT the correct answer.

Matt Jude Joshua BaquiranDay agoin the calculator is 0.5

RedHotBeastDay ago8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) = 16

You'll multiply the quotient of 8 ÷ 2 and the sum of 2 + 2. 8 ÷ 2 is 4 and 2 + 2 is 4. 4(4) is 16.

MaJaDay ago..... Okay but like uhh I got 6 XD

GoProskylaDay agoThe fact that NASA is in the same country with people who are having a serious debate over a math problem for 4th graders makes me understand why flat earthers exist...

Nexko KarmaDay agoThe answer is 16.

8/2(2+2)

To work it out we start with our brackets, 2+2 is 4

Then we move to division because it comes before multiplication.

So 8/2 is 4. And lastly we do our multiplication it used to be a 2 but it has become a four because of the division. So 4x4 is 16

Meaning that 8/2(2+2) in fact equals 16.

Omar SabryDay agoSometimes I feel like I am abnormally intelligent . The answer is 16 btw .

Omar SabryDay agoruclip.com/video/vaitsBUyiNQ/video.html

Omar SabryDay ago^{+1}I kinda got angry from the replies which caused me to delete the comment in rage .

Edit: So I wrote it again .

Richard PfeiferDay ago1 is right because if you do it another way its 8:(2x2+2x2) =8:8

Terrabade22 hours agoFollow the BODMAS rule. It’s not.

Rowan LloydDay ago^{+1}It's simple order of operations, it simplifies to 8÷2(4) which can also be written as 8÷2×4, now you simply do those operations in linear order and get 16

uwuDay agoWhat happened to PEMDAS y’all??

Noot NootDay agoalright so I did some research(typed the equation into my phone's calculator) and 8÷2(2+2) is the same as 8÷2×(2+2) which then turns into 8÷2×4 then 4×4 which turns into 16

USA crisis averted everyone

Westjet 003Day agoBEDMAS

I Mazzixx IDay ago1:04

minus one that's three quick maths

Zodiac TrinityDay ago16

MusicCrocDay agoThis is the proof that humanity is doomed

MisoRamen 925Day ago1:04

Minus one thats 3 quick mafs

o7 unknown2 days agoThere al wrng the sum wasnt to ad 2gether it doesnt say divide then work out nxt sum wich is addition and then add so dnt get any1s answer wth 🤯

o7 unknown2 days ago🤣🤣🤣the answer is 4🤣🤣🤣

Joshua Yuen2 days agoThe way I see and the way it should be done is that whenever u have brackets or parenthesis or whatever u wanna call it first u have to expand it which would lead to 2+2 then multiply 2. This would leave you with 8/8 simple?

M S2 days agoI have to thank america. It makes the rest of us look great

Dhruba Barua2 days ago^{+1}Wtf even 4 year old children outside USA can solve this math problem easily

anirudh gopan2 days ago^{+1}I can't believe 58% of the people who polled said it's 16

anirudh gopan4 hours agoWurstbeutel It really depends

I've been taught to take 8 as the first part and 2(2+2) as the second

So, it'll be 8/8

That's 1

But I can also understand your version too

It all depends on where the parentheses should be put

You put it as (8/2) x (2+2)

But we put it as 8/(2 x (2+2))

Wurstbeutel4 hours agoanirudh gopan its 1 no? Its just (2+2) is solved First Right so 4 then multiplied with the8 from 8:2 and u get 32:2

Kasia Nyland2 days agoCan someone explain to me how they got 1?

Shaun2 days ago^{+1}Obviously, the mathematical calculation is trivial. This is a parsing problem: should a/b*c be interpreted to mean (a/b)*c or a/(b*c), where “/“ is the symbol for division? By convention, the former is correct. In the BODMAS mnemonic device, the interpretation is realised through the additional rule that multiplication and division operations must be performed from left to right. The answer to the problem posed in the video is therefore 16.

Luke Crawford2 days agoThe equation doesn't even make sense there has to be another sign, inbetween the brackets and the 2 ,otherwise it's 4 4 ?

Luke CrawfordDay ago@Mateusz Wojtkiewicz o right, I didn't know that, we'll then the question is easy then it's 16 lol

Mateusz WojtkiewiczDay ago@Luke Crawford no. It's not necessary. If thete's no sign it's always multiplication. The quasion is (8x0.5)x(2+2) and thetefore the answer is 16. It was written like it was so that people who didn't pay attention at school would get confused.

Luke CrawfordDay ago@Mateusz Wojtkiewicz yea between the 2 and the first bracket there has to be another sign so you can add the 4 and 4 up

Mateusz Wojtkiewicz2 days agoIt makes perfect sense and no, there doesn't need to be anything between them.

Amer snaps2 days agoBruh

KronicSplash2 days agoTrevor sucks

VojvodaVuk2 days agoDoes anybody find this guy funny?

Mogi Man2 days agoIn America you are taught at a young age to do what's in parentheses first then work right to left if the signs are equivalent such as division and multiplication so technically all Americans are taught to come up with the answer sixteen unless they have gained higher education.

Niklas08152 days ago16

Johan Jarry2 days agoIf anyone is still confused by this, just replace the "÷2" by "×0.5"

rubbi19772 days ago1 and yeah! fk uber

Tobi B2 days agoIts 16 , calculater is with me ...

Brianna The Foolish Marvel Fan2 days agoI got 6 I’m so fucking stupid

the_wexican2 days ago^{+1}The answer is 8

ChaoticLifemaker2 days agoI read that problem as 8 divided by, two times 2+2, giving me 1.

i would usually write that down as

8

-----------

2(2+2)

though.

So the real question is: WTF do you mean by 8/2(2+2)= ???

Madsen2 days agoI got it to 8

stormgaming2 days agoThe answer is 1 according to pemdas

Galaxy Gamer2 days ago16

TheGamingWolf2 days agoPeople are so dumb. It’s 1 people🤦🏼♂️

Konka Bass2 days agoB E D M A S

Abdullahi farhan abdi2 days agoIn order to answer this eguation use BADMAS , first brackets, then Division ,lastly the multiplication.

4÷2(2+2)

4÷2×4

2×4

Final answer is 8

Stefan Ambrose2 days ago1

--2 days agoGoogles’ answer is 16

Edith G2 days ago^{+1}I got Abram Lincoln for some reason I don’t know ... 😂🤦🏽♀️

Jesse .W3 days agoI'm in grade 7 and my teachers have NOT taught us this yet. We've done order of operations, but not the "brackets next to an equation or other brackets without symbol in between is automatically multiplication". My mom had to teach me that.

Mutasim Mannan3 days agoEverybody be saying that Call of duty and fortnite players gon destroy Iran. All Iran gotta do is ask a math question

Vuk Vasic3 days ago8/2(2+2)=8/2*4=4*4=16, but 8/(2(2+2))=8/(2*4)=1.

Imogen Outridge3 days agoBefore I see the answer: 16

Tee Hee3 days agoIsn’t this quit simple I mean you just use bidmas and it comes out as 16

yaeesh ??3 days agoMy calculatior says it's one

luke. P3 days agoIt’s 16.

8 / ( 2 ( 2 + 2 ) ) would equal 1

Christian Sarmiento3 days agoOrders of operation... Brackets then the multiplication/division then addition