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Blow up here means capable of generating attention and response.  Expressions with such capacity tend to be one-liners with an ambiguous order of operations.

I realize my sense of order of operations is effected by programming, where the expression would be written 8/2*(2+2) and evaluated the same in C++ and Python.  But I gather mathematicians are not so precise.  What integer do you fill in for the question mark in the image?


I do it as (8/2)*(2+2) = 4 * 4 = 16.


Same. As far as I understood, that's the way you do it.


You see implied multiplication and division as having the same precedent, then the order of these being left to right.  This is basically how I learned it, if memory serves.

>the way you do it
I thought I would have AN answer as well, however it appears implied multiplication may come before explicit multiplication and division in precedence, or at least experts don't all agree.



The answer would be to read from left to right in case of ambiguity, like for computers.

However, a mathematician would simply use fraction notation to avoid the issue.

This isn't some deep paradox, this is just some street magic muckery with confusing notations.


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You would prefer one of these two, I think.


Anything else is just screwing around with notations, rather than presenting a paradox.

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