This Equation Leaves The Internet Divided As People Can't Agree On An Answer



Most of the time, math equations appear to be amazingly simple. But until you begin to solve it, you realize that you literally have no clue what you’re doing. Whether you read the question wrong, overlooked something tiny, forgot how to use BODMAS, math equations can be highly deceptive. This is partly why a simple math problem shared on Twitter is going all viral. It appeared effortless, but people have so far been getting different answers, resulting in intense arguments. Twitter user @lesvity took to Twitter with what looks like a simple equation.

This math problem shared on Twitter is going all viral. It appeared effortless, but people have since been getting different answers.

“How can you guys get anything other than 7?” @lesvity captioned read. People’s confusion made sense because almost everyone that replied kept wondering how the answer landed on seven. Using the mnemonic PEMDAS OR BODMAS, users argued that the answer was either one or nine with some confidence level.

Using the mnemonic PEMDAS OR BODMAS, users argued that the answer was either one or nine.

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For the people who landed on nine as an answer, they worked under the assumption that all division and multiplication should occur from left to right. They started by adding the one and the two in the parentheses together before dividing instead of multiplying the new sum by figure next to it. Overall, they saw the question as dividing six by two, which was then multiplied by the remaining three in the parentheses. 

For the people who landed on nine as an answer, they worked under the assumption that all division and multiplication should occur from left to right.

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The people that landed on one stuck closer to the order laid out in PEMDAS.

Twitter User @Froman_official was able to figure out how @levity ended up with seven as an answer.

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After these arguments, Twitter User @Froman_official was able to figure out how @levity ended up with seven as an answer. Instead of solving the sum in the parentheses, the Twitter user multiplied the two next to the parentheses by both numbers inside of it. This left an equation that divides six by two before adding four. Solving the equation didn’t involve PEMDAS, but it explains how the answer seven was gotten. 

Australian mathematician and comedian Matt Parker claim that the equation needs to be written better because it’s too ambiguous.

What’s the real answer? Australian mathematician and comedian Matt Parker claim that the equation needs to be written better because it’s too ambiguous. But this said, the final answer Parker landed at was nine, revealing that PEMDAS is a convention to make equations more apparent rather than a hard and fast law for solving them. To avoid further confusion, he claims he would’ve written the question as “6 ÷ 2 x (1+2)." 

Here’s How People Reacted To The Viral Equation: