OK - this one has been argued to death in several different threads, but the answers have been less than satisfactory... so someone provide a reason why I am wrong here: 48 / 2(9 + 3) = 2. Why? Because the distributive property of multiplication means that 2(9+3) = (2*9+2*3). For example, what if we replace (9+3) with x? 48 / 2x = ? Yes? No? (Apologies in advance for posting yet again that which everyone thinks has been put to rest).