Or can you figure out the solution to this? [(5x542)+B]-279 Someone asked me this and although it's not important, I'm now curious as to the correct response (he doesn't know either).

I will let my boyfriend explain seeing as he is the one that answered it lawl... I haven't done algebra for a long time but I believe the approach is to try and put the equation into its simplest form. Obvious place to start is: (5x542) = 2710 Leaves you with: 2710 + B - 279 B can't be simplified any further as its value is unknown but 2710 and 279 are of the same type, so you can bump the -279 over and take it from the 2710, leaving you with 2431 and 'B' (ie; 2431 + B). It can't be processed any further than that so that's the final answer.

yay thanks i was wondering whether the -279 was to be taken as substraction or as a negative number multiplied to the quoted pair (and that's where I was lost before)

No, I'm not a math genius. Yes, I can "solve" it (as much as Synd did). You can't really solve it, because this isn't an equation.