Saturday, 30 April 2011

6÷2(1+2)=?

OK So this poll came up on Facebook asking the solution to 6÷2(1+2)=?, whether it is 1 or 9. I was quite confused at this for a while but then decided it was 1, despite the majority thinking it is 9. My method was the following~


Surely there is nothing wrong with that, but I was then told that I could not replace the division sign with a fraction bar (WHAT?). In which case, I would still multiply out the brackets first to obtain 6/6=1. 

After an hour or so wasted on Facebook debating this, I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion to this and there will always be people arguing for 1 or 9. I understand the rationale behind why people say it is 9 but I personally still think it's one, given that's how I've done maths all my life and I will be distraught if I have to accept that maths has lied to me, which will no doubt confuse me every time I see divisions and brackets.

Either way, it's all trivial. We make theese symbols called numbers and expect people to work with these rules that people have created- these rules change and adapt over time and whatever's more widely accepted seems to be the 'correct' one. I mean what makes 3, 3. Just because someone decided this symbol represents 3 things? 

Whilst maths can be extremely useful for many daily activities, wasting any more time debating this sum is pointless and I my stance is that whoever created this is just pure evil and by causing many people to waste their time on it, should be punished.

I have also come to the realisation that I hate maths even more. #TEAM1

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