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What is 6÷2(1+2) = ?

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  1. Lets assume the answer is 9 but instead of 2 we have x. Find x.
    6/x(1+2)=9, => 6/9=3x, => 0.666/3=x, =>0,222=x, which is not true, as we know that x=2.
    But if we assume the answer is 1, at the end x=2.
    So the answer is 1.

  2. The answer is 1. In the video the guy made a strong grammatical mathematical mistake.
    So the instance of having 2 (3) alone in English means OF in mathematical interpretation which is also multiplication. That’s 2 of 3.
    To negate the of the multiplication sign must be inscribe in the equation. Hence 6 ÷ 2 × (1+2) since the sign is not there then it is OF
    BODMAS Bracket, Of , Division, Multiplication, Addition then subtraction.
    Therefore, the answer is 1. 6 ÷ 2 of 3 equals 6 ÷ 6 equals 1.

  3. 6÷2(1+2)
    =6÷(2+4)
    =6÷6
    =1
    or
    =6÷2(3)
    =6÷6
    =1

    or
    =6/2(1+2)
    =3/(1+2)
    =3/3
    =1
    So Answe should be 1
    From #Bangladesh 🇧🇩

  4. 6÷2(1+2)
    =6÷(2+4)
    =6÷6
    =1
    or
    =6÷2(3)
    =6÷6
    =1

    or
    =6/2(1+2)
    =3/(1+2)
    =3/3
    =1
    So Answe should be 1
    From #Bangladesh 🇧🇩

  5. Instead of mathematical sign consider the equation as 6 upon 2(1+2) which would look like 6/2(1+2) which solves to 6/6 equalling 1.

  6. For me the answer is 1
    If you want to multiple 6 : 2 with (1 + 2), so you must put bracket to (6 : 2) then the answer is 9.
    If no, then you must multiple 2 with (1 + 2) first, then devide 6 with those result… So the answer is 1

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