# math homework help ?

Evaluate (3/5 ) 2 enter the value as a decimal?

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- msoexpertLv 62 months ago
Remember your order of operations! You'd first do what's inside the parentheses, which would 3 divided by 5. As a decimal, that would give you 0.6.

The next part is a bit confusing because the way you have it written, it looks as though you're multiplying by 2. Maybe that really is the case. And if so, then 0.6 times 2 = _______.

Another way you could have done this is to take 3/5 x 2. The whole number 2 as a fraction would be 2/1. So you'd multiply the two numerators and divide that by the multiplication of the two denominators. That would mean 3x2 = 6 and 5x1 = 5. So if you divided 6 by 5, you'd get ______. If you do your math correctly, both ways will give you the same answer!

However, if you are raising to the second power, meaning the 2 is an exponent, then you'd multiply 0.6 by itself. So 0.6 x 0.6 = _______.

So you'll get two very different answer depending whether you are multiplying that three-fifths by 2 or raising it to the power of 2.

Source(s): I've taught math and many other subjects. And have helped out lots of students with their questions. - Marley KLv 72 months ago
It's not clear what the 2 is doing there.

Is it multiplication? (3/5)*2

Or is the 2 an exponent? (3/5)^2

either way, since you want a decimal, first convert 3/5 by dividing 3÷5 = 0.6

if it is multiplication:

(0.6)*(2) = 1.2

if the 2 is an exponent:

(0.6)^2 = (0.6)*(0.6) = 0.36

hope this helps!