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    How to solve this?

    Using any (and only) parentheses "e.g: {[()]}" solve this:

    2 * 3 * 4 + 12 : 3 - 1 = 16

    I have tried all solutions that came in my mind but it was in vain. You guys have any idea on this one?
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    Re: How to solve this?

    Are you supposed to insert the parentheses yourself? How do we know where they are? Is this linked to a bigger problem?

    What does the ':' symbol represent?
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    Re: How to solve this?

    Quote Originally Posted by pickslides View Post
    Are you supposed to insert the parentheses yourself? How do we know where they are? Is this linked to a bigger problem?
    Yes, you can insert the parentheses by yourself anywhere you want. It is not linked to a bigger problem. This is the whole math problem as you see it.

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    What does the ':' symbol represent?
    The symbol ":" means divide. Sorry, i`m used to Romanian symbols.
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    Re: How to solve this?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilhan911 View Post
    Using any (and only) parentheses "e.g: {[()]}" solve this:

    2 * 3 * 4 + 12 : 3 - 1 = 16

    I have tried all solutions that came in my mind but it was in vain. You guys have any idea on this one?
    I can get -16

    [EDIT]

    I got it...

    2*{3*4 + 12:[3 (- 1)]} = 16



    [END EDIT]
    Last edited by agentmulder; October 4th 2011 at 06:43 PM.
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