# Seemingly Simple Math Equation Is Dividing the Internet

If there's one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that math is most certainly not for the faint-hearted.

But even the most genius of geniuses are struggling with this one math equation, and it has puzzled the entire internet. Can you crack the code?

### Math isn't everyone's favorite subject...

But for some people, math is an utter dream.

### Who could forget Pythagoras Theorem?

Well, we know for a fact that we can't remember all of it...

### But for those mathematical geniuses out there...

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Math has always been a lovely walk in the park, and trust me when I say this, these people are incredibly smart.

### Believe it or not, math is one of the most popular subjects to study in the world.

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People worldwide choose to study mathematics further when leaving school and pursue degrees and further qualifications such as PhDs in the subject.

### But as a famous mathemetician once said...

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John Von Neumann famously quoted: "If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is."

### Life must be pretty simple then!

Well, for people with ordinary brain sizes, that is...

### Even the smartest of folk sometimes struggle with math.

And a recent equation has truly taken the internet by storm as nobody can seem to work it out.

### Time to get thinking...

Here is the infamous equation that people just cannot get their heads around, and it isn't as scary as one would imagine.

### Turns out, math really isn't that simple...

The equation is 8 Ã· 2(2 + 2) = ?

Easy enough, right?

### Wrong!

The internet has gone crazy over figuring out the problem, and some people have gone to some pretty tricky lengths to prove that their answer is right.

### Many seem set on the idea that the answer to the equation is 1.

What do you think?

### These people are taking this very seriously...

If you manage to even get an answer, we'd say that makes you pretty smart!

### 16 seems to be an equally strong competitor...

With many online strongly defending and proving the answer of 16, rather than 1.

### So, how do we figure it out?

The reason for the discrepancy in different answers is what order people complete the different steps of the equation in. This is also known as the order of operations.

### Doing the stages in a different order will result in a different answer.

But the standard abbreviation to help remember the order of operations is PEDMAS.

### This stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.

Meaning to properly and correctly solve the equation, you must do the sums in this order.

### But that's not (quite) all.

Those doing the sum also need to remember the rule of working from left to right. This only applies if there are 2 of the same sums within the equation (like 2 additions).

### The problem with this puzzler?

Blogger MindYourDecisions explains, "According to the order of operations, division and multiplication have the same precedence, so the correct order is to evaluate from left to right. First take 8 and divide it by 2, and then multiply by 2."

### So what does that mean?

"This is without argument the correct answer of how to evaluate this expression according to current usage. Some people have a different interpretation. And while it's not the correct answer today, it would have been regarded as the correct answer 100 years ago."

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