This includes plotting ellipses, hyperbolas and solving inequalities.

The software was basically designed as an advanced calculator and unit converter.

These kinds of conundrums are purposely meant to divide and conquer, and predictably, the seemingly simple problem posed in the offending tweet—8÷2(2 2)—practically caused a civil war in the magazines. Bobby Lea, test editor (and three-time Olympic cyclist): i ride bikes Matt Allyn, features director: for anyone that wants a longer explanation of why you divide before multiply in this case Pat Heine, video producer: ..writes out PEMDAS and then does PEDMASMatt: you clearly didn't listen Pat: i didn't...i was busy correcting her math. Matt: ok, Derek, the video's for you Pat: if you get 16 it's because you don't know the difference between brackets and parentheses.

Naturally, we took to Slack to hash out our differences. Morgan Petruny, test editor: I agree with Derek and disagree with You Tube. Bobby: This sounds like a conversation the belongs on the Not My Job segment of Katie Fogel, social media editor: polling our IG audience on this now...

Dan Roe, test editor: Right but it's multiplication/division, not multiplication then division Morgan: BUT multiplication with parentheses trumps division. Kit Fox, special projects editor: Isn’t the question and ambiguity here on when the parentheses disappear? Or do they go away once you solve the mini equation inside the parens first. I am on team 1I also have not taken a math class in over 10 years Trevor Raab, photographer: My question is to what real world scenario would this apply to Brad Ford, test editor: Math class?

Trevor: ahh the classic learn to do math to learn to do more math Bobby: school ain't real world Morgan: Generating heated and polarizing office discussion Brad: Bobby, tell that to a 6th grader.

If you’re looking for similar features as previous software but without being forced into a premium subscription, Symbolab offers a working free alternative.

Additionally, you can insert Greek alphabets, physics calculators including vectors, probabilities, polar-cartesian conversions, and much more.

Bobby: i'll work on preparing my argument now Taylor: You've got, what, 11 years to perfect it Bobby: time is on my side which is code for: I can put this off for a reeeaaaalllly long time Pat: which is code for "ask your mother"Bobby: she likes to claim she's good at math. Mathematicians try to make rules as precise as possible.

She may come to rue the day she bragged about that Pat: "This won't help me win millions of dollars playing Fortnite tho"According to order of operations, you solve whatever is in the parentheses first. Then, in PEMDAS, multiplication and division take equal precedence, so you’d do the first that occurs from left to right. Thus, it’s 16 according to classic order of operations. According to strict order of operations, you’d get 16, but I wouldn’t hit someone on the wrist with a ruler if they said 1.

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