Two of your friends, Matt and Karen, both run to...

asked Jan 10, 2017 in Mathematics by lizashley
Two of your friends, Matt and Karen, both run to you to settle a dispute. They were working on a math problem, and got different answers. Wisely, you decide to look at their work to see if you can spot the source of confusion.

Matt

6 – 4(3 – 5)2 + 30 ÷ 5
6 – 4(–2)2 + 30 ÷ 5
6 – 4(4) + 30 ÷ 5
6 – 16 + 30 ÷ 5
−10 + 30 ÷ 5
20 ÷ 5
4
Karen

6 – 4(3 – 5)2 + 30 ÷ 5
6 – 4(–2)2 + 30 ÷ 5
6 – 4(−4) + 30 ÷ 5
6 + 16 + 30 ÷ 5
6 + 16 + 6
22 + 6
28 Explain to Matt and Karen who, if either, is correct, and identify errors that you find. Provide the correct manner to fix those solutions, and identify the correct answer. Use complete sentences.

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answered Jan 10, 2017 by anonymous
Karen is wrong, astwo squared {(-2)2} is positive four (4), not negative as Matt posited.

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