# Viral Math Question Divides the Internet and Even Has Calculators Confused

A viral math question has left the internet divided as people just can’t work out the answer.

### The math questions was first tweeted by Twitter user pjmdolI, who asked people to “solve this.”

But it seems to have broken both peoples brains and their calculators!

### The equation appears to be straightforward to begin with, but actually solving the problem is harder than it looks.

The equation is 8÷2(2+2)=?

### Maths equations are using solved using the acronym, PEMDAS, a specific order of operations, Indy100 reports.

PEMDAS stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.

### However, from the answers that people have suggested, it seems that the order of operations doesn’t always work.

Answers appear to most commonly be 1 or sixteen.

### Have you managed to work it out yet?

Well thankfully, you don’t need to as the equation has blown peoples minds so much so, the New York Times asked a mathematician to answer it.

### Professor Steven Strogratz explained: “Deal with whatever is in parentheses first. Of course, 2+2 = 4. So the question boils down to 8÷2×4.”

“If we carry out the division first, we get 4×4 = 16; if we carry out the multiplication first, we get 8÷8 = 1.”
Did you get it right?