6/2(1+2)=HIGH FIVES

By:  Greg
May 4, 2011

Pop quiz hot shot. What’s 6/2(1+2)? Is it 1, 9, 42, or something else?

Ok… clearly this is a PEMDAS challenge. Challenge accepted.

Now what do those letters stand for again? I think I remember. Powder, Eagles(Spread), Mountains, Deepness, Alta(I don’t care that you ski there), Schuss. Right?

No no no. Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction. Right? Sure. Why not. So it must be that 6/2(1+2)=6/2(3)=6/6=1. Right? Let’s check in with our master of order of operations Christian and see what he thinks.

Wrong. He thinks it’s 3*(1+2)=9.
schuss FIRST

Just kidding. Christian has no idea. The only thing he does know is that either answer is all wrong since PEMDAS is clearly out of order. You schuss FIRST, then ask questions later. Later.
schuss FIRST
schuss FIRST

Indeed, Christian seyz: “I’m too busy being scared on this slope to care if the answer is 1 or 9. The current answer is ‘don’t die.'”
The answer is don't die

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  1. rogerk
    wrote on May 4th, 2011 at 5:03 pm  

    I think you’re trying to get us all to spend our time thinking about math so that you can have the mountain to yourself.

    • Greg
      wrote on May 4th, 2011 at 5:41 pm  


      that’s actually what I do!!

  2. Allen
    wrote on May 6th, 2011 at 5:34 pm  
    • Allen
      wrote on May 6th, 2011 at 5:39 pm  

      Of course after I posted that I was overcome with the desire to look up the etymology of the word nerd on wikipedia. Apparently a shortened version of “drunk” spelled backwards, Guess I’m a nerd too.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 17th, 2011 at 12:55 pm  


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