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Try Passing This School Test Without Making a Single Mistake

This math equation is infamous online and only a few people have the skills to solve it

It was a few months ago that a Twitter user posted this tricky challenge online.

Below is a tricky test. Can you solve it without using a calculator?

The equation to solve is 8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2), but it proves to be anything but easy for people to agree on the answer.

What do you think the right answer is?

Did you find the correct answer?

8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) = ?

Make sure you started from the right place – just solving straight from left to right can easily mess you up.

A

B

C

ANSWER

Below we will present the correct answer.

What is your solution?

The correct answer is 16 according to the modern interpretation of the order of operations.

8÷2(2 + 2)
= 8÷2(4)

This is where the debate starts.

8÷2(4)
= 8÷2×4

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.

8÷2×4
= 4×4
= 16

The answer is 16.

Did you also think the solution was 1 or 16?

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