On the internet, viral math problems have been known to divide individuals. Some issues are so difficult that they appear insurmountable, even though they are intended for primary school children.
This latest viral math problem posted by Twitter user @pjmdoll is one such equation.
The math equation is: 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2) = ?
Seems simple enough right? Well…unfortunately everyone on the internet keeps getting a wide range of different answers.
16… this is embarrassing for some of y’all— becca (@spaceyfalling) July 30, 2019
i have 2 math degrees it’s 1— laur (@genericversion) July 30, 2019
notation y’all pic.twitter.com/yAMie100Hi— 💤 (@maggiedolak) 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— Schrodinger's Gat™ (@supermaddd) July 29, 2019
Remember a(b+c)=ab + ac and it is law of distribution in mathematics.— gloss⁷🥺🍊YOU BUTTER STREAM IT🔪 (@glossyoonies) July 29, 2019
Where PEMDAS is not a law, it is just a way to help us memorize things, we can use pemdas only after using all math laws to simplifying all steps first.
OK….so without furhter ado,
Here’s the correct way to solve this elusive math problem: 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2) = ?
First, add the numbers in the parentheses.
8 ÷ 2(4) = ?