29- { 5+3 [ 8 x (10 - 8 ) ] -50 } :eek:

I do not understand this. This is not offical homework, but I don't want to get behind. Also what do these { } mean

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- August 21st 2006, 03:58 PMbarbienut75Hello, newbie needs help.
29- { 5+3 [ 8 x (10 - 8 ) ] -50 } :eek:

I do not understand this. This is not offical homework, but I don't want to get behind. Also what do these { } mean - August 21st 2006, 04:07 PMJameson
They are just another way of expressing paranthesis.

Something written like this doesn't look very good.

Woah!

So we use other kind of brackets sometimes.

Now to your question.

You have:{ 5+3 [ 8 x (10 - 8 ) ] -50 }

Use PEMDAS or order of operations

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5. There's your answer! :) - August 21st 2006, 04:17 PMbarbienut75
What about the 29-

29-{ 5+3 [ 8 x (10 - 8 ) ] -50 } - August 21st 2006, 04:52 PMJameson
Ooops! Didn't see that. Then it's 29-3=26

- August 21st 2006, 05:08 PMQuick
I would just like to point out Jameson, that you can wright brackets with Latex:

- August 21st 2006, 06:28 PMThePerfectHacker
I my self prefer to use the singe parantheses, ( )

The other [ ] can be confused with greatest integer function.

And never try to use { } because it deals with sets which are divine. - August 21st 2006, 06:52 PMQuickQuote:

Originally Posted by**ThePerfectHacker**

*you*think :eek:

although, I personally agree with you. I think it's sort of fun (although I don't think anyone else agrees with my) to figure out which paranthesis pair up. I've also become good at it by using excel. - August 22nd 2006, 07:05 PMSoroban
Hello, barbienut75!

I have questions about what you wrote . . .

. . . . . . . . I assume this is "times"

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. . . 29 - { 5 + 3 [ 8 x (10 - 8 ) ] - 50 }

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. . . . . . . but is this also "times"?

If so, I can explain the procedure.

Start within the "innermost" grouping symbols.

We have: .

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