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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


The order of math operations:

  1. Parenthesis
  2. Exponents
  3. Multiplication / Division
  4. Addition / Subtraction.

A mnemonic to remember the order is the phrase "Please Excuse My dear Aunt Sally".

Feb 25, 2019 05:35 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Greetings from Blonde Universe! ♄

If you had placed brackets around the multiplication, the answer would be different.

Rene Descartes said "mathematics alone avoids sophsims". And he's turning his freaking grave over Common Core math!

Sorry Rene, my generation did not do it!

Oh, to your question. When we communicate energetically, words make both more and less sense.

Feb 25, 2019 05:43 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I was taught that multiplication takes place before addition.  Therefore, the answer is 17.

Feb 25, 2019 06:51 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

The answer is definitely not A. As to B or C, multiplication comes before addition/subtraction, therefore the brackets should be placed around 2x6 not 5+2. But then again, maybe I'm showing my age. 

Feb 25, 2019 05:25 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Oh come on. I can't believe that many of us don't know the actual answer and the mathematical rules. And only a few actually know the answer.

This is basic math 101. Multiplication overrides in the absence of brackets. Thus the answer is 17. There are no other possible answers.

Feb 25, 2019 09:30 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®
Feb 25, 2019 07:34 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is not an expression of a fact.  It is a math problem that is not presented clearly with multiple interpretations.  Math is a fact.  Math solutions are answers and not facts.

Feb 25, 2019 06:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I can't say I have miscommunication issues with people I've know for a short while or a long while. 

Feb 25, 2019 05:25 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Are you on the same planet?

Feb 25, 2019 07:17 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Note: Both Nature and Math....never lie

Feb 25, 2019 07:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

C. 17

I much preferred when we used parentheses! 

Feb 25, 2019 03:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Math is simple and the only correct answer is 17.

X always goes before +

Feb 25, 2019 12:30 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

When I switch from CNN to Fox, I think half our country is from two different planets!

Feb 25, 2019 09:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

C. 17

Just so I get the FACTS straight - what planet are you on?


Feb 25, 2019 09:31 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm glad I'm not the only one trying to remember the order of operations for math here.  Thanks Richard Weeks 

Feb 25, 2019 09:13 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I took a wrong turn at Saturn.

Feb 25, 2019 09:04 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

The only way to get to know someone in a short period of time is to observe how they treat animals and their mother.  Those two factors alone give you a look into their soul.

Feb 25, 2019 08:17 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I do believe you are orbiting all the planets.

Feb 25, 2019 07:47 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

What's "real" to someone is "real" to them -thats how it is to them. Reality - the physical universe (which math is a symbolic representation of) is real to the degree that two or more folks agree that it's real....yep that's how it is, kind of thing. It is a sliding scale - the more disagreement there is on a subject the less real that something is and the less usable/applicable the subject matter is. Your math example was perfect - there is disagreement about the proper order of carrying out the functions and thus different answers and different realities all from very succesful intelligent folks.

Thus for us it is important to find out what is "real" to our clients and either work within that reality or change that reality with edumication...

It is very frustrating when we end up working with folks that have a reality that is too different from the commonly agreed upon reality (also referred to as "that guy is nuts").

Feb 25, 2019 07:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am still on the same planet.

Feb 25, 2019 07:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker


Feb 25, 2019 06:13 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The short answer is those using common core math will be on that other planet

Feb 25, 2019 05:25 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yep, i'm on Candice planet... Blonde Universe:)

Feb 26, 2019 12:05 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

This is not my math.

Feb 25, 2019 04:35 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

There's a couple ways of interpreting this. If you put some (parantheses) around 2 of the numbers I'd be able to answer that with certainty. 

Feb 25, 2019 11:20 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

I am going to stand in the wind and see if the answer will come to me, oh and I won't stand sideways so there is a large whistle coming from the east!

Feb 25, 2019 08:59 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Math is a universal language.  Regardless of which planet someone is from does not mean they have been educated.  I cannot say that I have trouble communicating with people, even when I do not speak their language.  A

Feb 25, 2019 07:58 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you 

Feb 25, 2019 04:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting. I read the question, and said, uh, DUH, it's C - 17. You do the multiplication first. Taught to me in the early 70s, pre-common core. Then I read the answers and was surprised to see the way I was taught was not necessarily the way others were taught. So even things I think are a given might not be. Agggghhhhh!

Feb 26, 2019 03:40 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I'm at 17... 5 plus  2x6 5+12 = 17 

May I say this was a very interesting Q & A and proves we should keep the Q&A section of Active Rain

Very Engaging!!!

Mar 26, 2019 01:37 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I used to like math.

Mar 03, 2019 09:41 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As General Richard Weeks pointed out for you

Feb 26, 2019 03:03 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Always get confused with these so like the mnemoic posted will have to remember that, so my guess of C was right. But understand your point. Something I read and learnt in conversation with my wife, is that even when we speak the same language we don't always mean the same thing.

Feb 26, 2019 12:00 PM