Originally Posted by NorCal
This is asinine.
+1. Just when I think people can't disappoint me any further.
If 48Ã·2 was to be multiplied by (9+3), it would be be put into parentheses itself. 48Ã·(2((9+3))) = 2 (48Ã·2)(9+3) = 288 People who know better have created safeguards against this kind of confusion long ago. There is absolutely nothing novel or clever about this "problem". Here's a trickier problem: Produce a divided-by sign on your keyboard without copying and pasting.