# An argument arising on Facebook. page 11

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 TL;DR While [removed] might interpret it as “4+c” is the denominator, it doesn’t mean it’s ambiguous. They are objectively **wrong** (and not using another form of interpret the same equation – which would make it ambiguous) under the terms of PEMDAS, which is the most wide-spread system and should really be the only one taken in consideration. The correct would be dividing b² by 4 and THEN adding c, btw. Not to unnecessarily simplify the equation, but shouldn’t the Distributive Property apply before everything else? 6 ÷ 2(1+2) = ? 6 ÷ (2 + 4) = ? 6 ÷ (6) = ? 1 = ? At least, that is how I learned how to interpret basic algebra equations. Nobody cares about this topic anymore. However, I was reviewing my old textbook in real analysis, and came across [this gem](http://i.imgur.com/SYGzy.jpg) (cf. Bartle and Sherbert, 4th Edition, pp. 175). See! It does exist! This post may be 7 years old.. but I hope all of you who answered 1 get EDUCATED on some [math](http://www.studypug.com/accuplacer-test-prep/operations-with-decimals/order-of-operations-pemdas)..smh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAgfnK528RA This post has been removed by an administrator or moderator This post has been removed by an administrator or moderator