## Thursday, July 19, 2012

### I "less than 3" math

A friend of mine recently posted a math problem on her facebook without the answer and I was both shocked and entertained at the answers and explanations as to how people got them.

Anyone wanna play?

## 9-5+5 x 0+3=????

Don't forget to "show your work" by explaining how you got it.

1. 9-5=4
4+5=9

0+3=3

9x3=27

so, according to my calculations, the answer is 27. At first I thought it was 0 TIMES 3, in which case the answer would have been 0, but then I looked at it again ;) (unless of course I missed something really stupid and obvious!)

2. Nope. Not 27

1. Ok, I must be missing either something obvious or I'm reading it wrong....hmmmm

3. Micah you need to "show your work"

4. Ok, I looked at it differently and came up with 3
9-5=4
4+5=9
9x0=0
0+3=3

5. I get 7.

Order of operations says multiply or divide before adding and subtracting, so 5X0 = 0. Then do the addition and subtraction of what's left: 9-5+3=7.

6. I got 7 also.
I can't help but be appalled by most of the math problems I see on facebook. Not because they aren't fun to do but because people seem to have forgotten that ever-so-clever phrase, "Please excuse my dear aunt Sally." Then in a fit of wrongful arrogance they tell everybody the answer is 0 or something and brag about how easy it was because anything multiplied by 0 is obviously zero and I can't believe you guys were all fooled. :B

I suppose I might be going off on a rant :x But Hello, I just found your blog and stopped by because I saw a math problem and got excited.

7. Yes. It's 7. John and SA (and hey! Welcome to my blog SA) that's exactly right.
Order of Operations:
Rule 1: First perform any calculations inside parentheses.
Rule 2: Next perform all multiplications and divisions, working from left to right.
Rule 3: Lastly, perform all additions and subtractions, working from left to right.

I <3 Math