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what decides? [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 15:09
If the question is written exactly like below-
2^4*2^5/2^7-2^4
What decides whether it is-
[ 2^4*2^5]/[2^7-2^4]
OR
[ 2^4*2^5/2^7]-2^4
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Aug 2007, 15:12
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If the question is written exactly like below-
2^4*2^5/2^7-2^4
What decides whether it is-
[ 2^4*2^5]/[2^7-2^4]
OR
[ 2^4*2^5/2^7]-2^4


Math rules: multiplication and division take priority over addition / subtraction.

unless there is paranthesis around (2^7-2^4), my guess would be that
[ 2^4*2^5/2^7]-2^4 is the right way to go.
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