Since you do multiplication before addition or subtraction...

5 + (3 x 12) - 3 = 35

David W.

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I just realized I misunderstood the question. Where can brackets or parentheses go to make it true? I am now having a hard time figuring it out.

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04/05/18

David W.

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Dyana, I just realized I misunderstood what it was asking, but are you sure you've copied the problem correctly?

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04/05/18

Arturo O.

I think I tried every possible combination, but I cannot get 35, so I continue to suspect there is a typo in the problem.

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04/05/18

Shelby S.

My kid was given this same problem for homework. They are supposed to insert parenthesis, brackets and/or braces to make it true....I keep getting 38 as well
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01/10/20

David W.

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Yeah, I don't think the problem is asking you to insert parentheses or brackets to show PEMDAS. It's asking you to add parentheses or brackets anywhere to make it true.
For example, (5 + 3) x 12 - 3 = 35, which still is not true, but I can't find a combination that will work.
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Arturo O.

04/05/18