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230 – 220 x 0.5 = ?

You probably won’t believe it, but the answer is 5! How can this be true?

The answer is 120, and 5! = 5 × 4 × 3 × 2 × 1 = 120

Credit to John May for this one.


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4 Comments on "Show Your Work"


Mark W says
November 7, 2017 @ 03:16

Of course the answer is 5( confirmed by calculator ), no surprises there!

In the absence of brackets, how did you get 120?

Thank You!


Dan says
November 7, 2017 @ 11:37

Because multiplication is always performed before subtraction (in the absence of brackets)


Kenton says
February 23, 2018 @ 12:30

It’s not 5, it’s 120, order of operations.


Dan says
February 24, 2018 @ 22:42

Right, it’s 5!


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