Im saying it just depends on what is in the parenthesis or "brackets" so if a problem is the "brackets" then you would do that first but if there is no problem it should be treated as a multiplication symbol but it reality this problem has no actual answer because it is written wrong both answers are correct
This is right, not Brackets mean times. Brackets don't mean anything besides "Do this part first". In maths you don't write the multiplication sign in some places. when you said 6(6) that's times. Only because WE LEFT OUT THE MULTIPLICATION SIGN because we could at this time.
Correct statement: "Brackets means multiplication WHEN there isn't a symbol in front of the opening bracket"