# numerical expression in a statement?

1/8 + 3x

is it the sum of 1 over 8 and three times a number? I put that...crossing fingers I got it right.

or one eight of three times a variable x or eight over one added to three times a number

### 4 Answers

- AlanLv 73 weeks ago
This question is only caused by tried to write an equation without

vertical formating. If you look at the image, if written properly there is

no ambiguity. So it is question that should not ever needed to be asked.

1/8 + 3x

No one should type a problem this way, since with more parenthesis, there would

be no question of the meaning.

if you use pendmas, it means (1/8) + 3x

, but it could be any of a number of things.

if it was written differently there would be no question of what is meant

(1/8) + 3x has one meaning

1/ (8+ 3x) has one meaning

- Ray SLv 73 weeks ago
1/8 + 3x is the sum of 1 over 8 and three times a number ... True

or

1/8 + 3x is the sum of one eighth and three times a number ... True

or

(1/8) + 3x is the sum of one eighth and three times a number ... True