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biocow

I've seen this on 2 different forums and it seems about 50/50 that people get it right. And hilariously the people who don't are adamant they are right. Let's see what happens here.

Please solve: 48÷2(9+3) = ?
10 PRINT CHR$(7)
20 GOTO 10

pluggy

288 or 2 depending on how you look at it. It would need some extra brackets to be unambiguous I think.

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Benji


biocow


...depending on how you look at it.

It's math. There can only be 1 answer.
10 PRINT CHR$(7)
20 GOTO 10

AWOL

It's an obvious inequality
'?' = 63
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liudr

288 makes more sense to me. I know why some answers 2 (obviously different order of calculation) but I can't think of a reason for 63. Your turn AWOL.

Udo Klein

\begin{smartass}
You might expect 288. However you neither told the base for the number representation, nor the underlying field or ring in which to do the calculation. Assuming decimal representation and computations in Z you get 288. Hexadecimal in Z you get 1B0. Decimal representation computing in GF2 you have a division by 0. So you can get almost anything you want if you tweak the ring and/or the representation accordingly.

And you think 50% of the people get this right? I am impressed ;)
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Udo Klein

@liudr: AWOL assumes ? == '?' because '?' == 63. So what he says is 48÷2(9+3) = ? is wrong and 48÷2(9+3) != ? would be right.
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liudr

I think you're smart. On the other hand, I didn't say my 288 was decimal. I could have different base on each digit, and fractional or irrational base to make 288 equal a lot of things.

Udo Klein

Depending on the base and/or ring. That's what I said. But the OP said 50% of the people get this right...
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Udo Klein

Why not switch to Z/1Z and make your 288 equal to "anything" ;)
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liudr

Yeah! In one of the recent exams I gave, I mentioned one senior professor in my department claims to be 35, base n years old and had my student estimate his base. ]:D

AWOL

On second thoughts, '?' could also be 111
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biocow

10 PRINT CHR$(7)
20 GOTO 10

Coding Badly

Google says the answer is 288 and we all know that Google is always correct.

http://www.google.com/search?q=48%C3%B72%289%2B3%29

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