Can You Solve This Kids Math Problem Adults Seem To Alway Get Wrong

Feb 22nd, 2021

To those who love solving puzzles, especially math problems, then you should give this one a try.

There are so many math problems going around social media, encouraging everyone to give their answers. They look very simple at first glance, but in reality, they can be very tricky. This Math problem had a group of writers and editors from Popular Mechanics debate on the possible answers. Eventually, they published their conversation to get the public involved in this head-scratcher.

Their post was entitled: “This Simple Math Problem Drove Our Entire Staff Insane. Can You Solve It?”

They explained that this simple math problem caused a ‘civil war’ within the Popular Mechanics office. They added, ” It motivated, they continued a heated chat between the editors who stopped doing any semblance of actual work for the day to solve an equation designed to flummox fourth-graders — and make many enemies in the process — followed by insight from real mathematicians and physicists who begrudgingly responded to our request for comment to solve the enraging math debate, once and for all.

Take a look for yourself to know what these people are talking about. To be honest, even if you are good at math, you might be tricked by this problem. Well do not worry, you are not alone. This is the math problem that caused worry about the reality of their math skills:

8 ÷ 2 (2+2) =

Yes, it looks simple. But is it easy to solve? You might think so, but guess what, a lot of people didn’t get this right on their first try!

If you cannot recall the order of operations that you learned in your algebra class, then you’re screwed. Or maybe you learned how to solve this kind of math problem in a different way? Well then let’s go ahead and find out.

In the United States, most students are taught about PEMDAS. This is the acronym for parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. The acronym stands for the proper order of operations that you should use when solving a math problem.

Mike Breen who is a public awareness officer for the American Mathematical Society, told the people at Popular Mechanics that this is not a complicated math problem. There is no reason for them to be confused. As long as you follow the PEMDAS version of solving a problem, you will get the correct answer.

Have you figured it out yet?

Okay, let’s give you more time. There is another method that people use to solve this problem. This is the BODAS method. The acronym stands for brackets, orders, division, multiplication, addition, and subtraction. If you know how to use this method, might as well give it a try and find the answer to the problem.

The answer is…

If you used the PEMDAS method, then you will get 16 as your answer. If you used the BODAS method, your answer will be 1. Did you get it?

If your answer is neither 16 nor 1, then it is time to refresh your math skills! To those who took math by heart will probably find this easy. But for those who were just in Math class just because it is mandatory (and probably did not learn much!), then you will regret not taking Math seriously!