Viral math problem divides the Internet: what’s the correct answer?


(FOX News) — It’s the math problem that’s divided the internet: 8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) = ?

Is the answer one or 16?

Some experts say the answer you get all comes down to how you learned to crunch the numbers.

According to some mathematicians those who used Bodmas or Bedmas method, which stands for brackets, exponents, division, multiplication, addition and subtraction, got 16 as an answer.

Those who used the “Pemdas” method, which stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, got an answer of one.

One high school math teacher in New York City, Kelly Morenzoni, says arriving at the answer “one” is a common mistake, and it comes from problem-solvers misreading the “pemdas” equation.

“What a lot of people want to do is multiply two by two to then get 4. And then ultimately divide eight by eight to get one. Which is not the correct answer,” she said.

“Because multiplication and division and addition and subtraction are inverse operations, when they come right beside each other, you do them in the order in which they appear.”

By the way in case you were wondering, if you do the calculation on Google, the answer comes out to be 16.


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