# Question on Indices??

• Jul 13th 2012, 03:41 AM
Question on Indices??
The Question is;

Evaulate: 102x42x103 104x4

The answer is 40, apparently. But I have no idea how to get to it or what this has to do with indices?
• Jul 13th 2012, 04:15 AM
emakarov
Re: Question on Indices??
Quote:

Evaulate: 102x42x103 104x4

These are two numbers: 102x42x103 and 104x4. I am assuming "x" means multiplication, but it is not clear what operator is between these numbers.

Quote:

The answer is 40, apparently. But I have no idea how to get to it or what this has to do with indices?

An index (usually) is just an ordinal number (such as "first," "second," etc.). You probably need to give us more context to the question.
• Jul 13th 2012, 06:01 AM
Re: Question on Indices??
Quote:

Originally Posted by emakarov
These are two numbers: 102x42x103 and 104x4. I am assuming "x" means multiplication, but it is not clear what operator is between these numbers.

An index (usually) is just an ordinal number (such as "first," "second," etc.). You probably need to give us more context to the question.

That is all there is, it is question 27 on the British Army Technical Selection Test sample.

Technical Selection Test - British Army Website
• Jul 13th 2012, 06:14 AM
emakarov
Re: Question on Indices??
Hmm, I agree, this is puzzling. In fact, the next question, titled "Precedence," says, "Compute the following: 8-6(4+3)2." The options are -17, -2, 1, 2 and 7, and the correct one is apparently -17. WolframAlpha disagrees.