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Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; the founding fathers of one’s maths education.

For some, mathematics are simple – all it takes is the application of consistent formulas to solve problems. For others, they’re the devil incarnate – causing anxiety and confusion.

A recent tweet is sending the internet spiralling into the latter camp. Twitter user @pmjdoll posted a seemingly simply equation, asking folks to solve it.

Get your thinking caps on. Here it is:

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oomfies solve this pic.twitter.com/0RO5zTJjKk

— em ︎ (@pjmdolI) July 28, 2019

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The posed equation is: 8/2(2+2) = ?

It doesn’t look that complicated does it? Well, as it turns out, the web can’t seem to agree on a conclusive answer. Who’d have thought that maths isn’t that simple after all?

Have a look at people’s thoughts below:

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i do parenthesis, multiplication, then division so i believe it’s 1

— em ︎ (@pjmdolI) July 28, 2019

IM SICK OF YALL pic.twitter.com/lCE1F1qg7b

— como siempre (@skylarrousse) July 30, 2019

PEMDAS 2+2=44*2=88/8= ONE! Dammit!

— LyteBryte (@LyteBryte3) July 31, 2019

Its 1. You have to do what's in the parentheses first (PEMDAS)8÷2(2+2)8÷2(4)8÷81Seems like people who got 16 forgot the basic math

— ザック九十二 (@zp925) July 31, 2019

16 because PEMDAS, 2+2 = 4 and parts of PEMDAS are interchangeable I believe as long as you go left to right, so 8 divided by 2 is 4 then 4 x 4 = 16

— Hermès (@AmHermesGod) July 29, 2019

So what is the answer, 16 or 1? Well, there’s a big reason for all the confusion: geography.

There are two predominant methods of solving simple equations. PEDMAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction) and BOMDAS (Brackets, Orders, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction). The answer you get will rely heavily upon which method you were taught.

Some math gurus explain below:

since part of the world teaches PEMDAS and part teaches BODMAS algebra can be quite confusing at times pic.twitter.com/UaXSPMwvYJ

— Mark Bott (@questionablmark) July 30, 2019

You need to see the how bracket is created.There can be two cases:

Case 1:8 ÷ 2 x (2+2) = 8 ÷ 2 x 4 = 4 x 4 = 16

Case 2 (Given case): 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = 8 ÷ 2(4) = 8 ÷ 8 = 1

RULE is STEP-BY-STEP following of BODMAS (Bracket, Of, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract)

Hope it helps !

— Get Out Valverde (@fcb_banter) July 29, 2019

In PEMDAS multiplication and division take equal priority so you do whichever is first from left to right. Same for addition and subtraction. pic.twitter.com/1617gChUms

— George W. Kush (@supermaddd) July 29, 2019

8÷2(2×2) = 8÷2(4) = 8÷8 = 1 = Answer is 1.

Solved Via "BODMAS" Rule :(B racket)O( f )D÷ ivision M x ultiplication A+ dditional S-ubtraction pic.twitter.com/tu64P3eUyg

— Anant (@HumourouslyMe) July 30, 2019

However, according to Twitter user @bstpeach, the problem is written in a way designed to stir confusion.

Check out their tweet:

Both 1 and 16 are correct answers because the notation of the equation is incorrect. Can everyone stfu now? https://t.co/N5SFpSyewH

— ᴋᴏᴏᴋᴀᴅᴏᴏᴋs (@bstpeach) July 30, 2019

The main lesson to takeaway from this equation: f*ck maths.

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