Quandaries
and Queries 

please help me work this math problem 

Hi James, This is somewhat confusing. I expect that you got it from some contest, "The winning contestant must answer a skill testing question". If so then I think that you are to read from left to right and perform the operations as you go. 28 plus 12 is 40 40 divided by 4 is 10 10 times 16 is 160 The confusion is that mathematicians have an order in which they do arithmetic operations. The convention is to perform divisions and multiplications before additions and then subtractions. Hence if the problem had been written using mathematical notation rather than words, 12 4 = 3 hence 38  10 + 3 16. 3 16 = 48 hence 38  10 + 48 = 76 

