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# Few people can answer it right without using a calculator—Can you solve it?

Try to solve this simple math equation with only your mental calculation and see how you compare with the rest of the world who have attempted this math equation.

Apparently, very few people have managed to solve this math equation without using a calculator. Are you one of them?

Let us look at the equation.

## Can you figure out the correct solution?

Here is the challenge, in the picture below. At the top of the picture we see the task and then four possible answers.

Which solution do you think is the correct one?

How did you come up with it?

Take your time and think about it so you can find the correct solution.

3 + 3 x 3 - 3 + 3 = ?

Done? Below you can check if you picked the right number!

A

B

C ## The correct answer

The correct answer is B: 12.

Why is 12 the correct answer?

Well, if you remember from your school days, according to the order of operations, you do multiplication before addition and subtraction, so you start by solving 3 x 3, which results in 9.

Then we are left with a simpler math problem: 3 + 9 – 3 + 3

The answer is therefore 12.

Did you pick the correct number? Congratulations!

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