There is a huge debate on the internet on the value of $48\div2(9+3)$.
I believe the answer $2$ as I believe it is part of the bracket operation in BEDMAS. Mathway yields the same answer. I also believe that if $48\div2\times(9+3)$ was asked it would be $288$ which Mathway agrees with as well.
However, WolframAlpha says it is $288$ either way.
A friend of mine (who is better at math) told me that there is no such thing as 'implicit multiplication', only shorthand so that is in fact done after the division (going left to right, not necessarily because division occurs before multiplication. But he didn't explicitly give a reason)
What is the answer and why?