Not exactly sure by the way you have written the question (I would have expected an = sign in there) but when you say 'express in powers of 3' that would suggest to me the solution will involve 27 = 3 to power 3 (3 cubed) ... just too convenient to have 27 as a cubed number

I used to be reasonably good at maths , but I can't come up with a figure that ties in with the question . It's a modern take on maths that they make things awkward by using grammar to complicate equations . You can take it as (27 x 8 ) x 2 = 432 or 27x (8 x 2 ) = 432 or 27 x ( 8 squared =64) =1728 or (27 x 8) squared = 46,656 None of the above have a whole number that results in 3 to the power of x . But as Flappytabs says 12 to power of 3 = 12x 12 x12 = 1728 which is third one down

Why is everyone trying yo boil this down to a number when there is an X involved? It is obviously an algebraic question requiring the rearrangement of the numbers to also include X in the answer.

Unfortunately I've not done much work with indices for many years so can't 9th and work it out, and bring a lazy git can't be bothered to put any effort into it.

The sum isn't too hard GD , but , as I have said , the question has been made difficult by putting it in words instead of numerical figures . IMO it's not really maths , it's just trying to trip people up . Personally when I took A level maths 40 years ago I can never remember questions like it . It's all about the interpretation

Just a thought... 27 as has been mentioned is 3 cubed No one seems to have picked up that 8 is 2 cubed. May be a clue in there somewhere, but I haven't done maths for it's own sake in the last 45 years.

Mach 1: The question has been made difficult by putting it in words instead of numerical figures .

Yeah, that's what they call algebra.

I don't believe so GD , algebra is substituting a number for a letter or symbol in an equation so that variables can be taken into consideration . That's probably not the best description but that is the gist . In no time when I was at school did they ever write an algebraic equation in words , it is confusing at best and would be unfathomable in Calculus .

Mach 1: The question has been made difficult by putting it in words instead of numerical figures .

Yeah, that's what they call algebra.

I don't believe so GD , algebra is substituting a number for a letter or symbol in an equation so that variables can be taken into consideration . That's probably not the best description but that is the gist . In no time when I was at school did they ever write an algebraic equation in words , it is confusing at best and would be unfathomable in Calculus .

I'm only referring to the X, for all I know the question was not written with words, that could have simply been the OPS interpretation due to not having correct symbols available.

Well I got the paper back this morning and guess what. It was a typo. The 8 should have been a 9. To make matters worse the teacher has shown the correct working out for it being a 9 without acknowledging the typo and giving the grandson a big fat 0 for a wrong answer. I give up.

Well I got the paper back this morning and guess what. It was a typo. The 8 should have been a 9. To make matters worse the teacher has shown the correct working out for it being a 9 without acknowledging the typo and giving the grandson a big fat 0 for a wrong answer. I give up.

All that work for zilch!- I'd point this out to the teacher for not acknowledging their mistake, then kick them in the c!$%/balls.