Challenging And Fun: The Math Equation Looks Simple But It May Be Difficult To Solve It

September 28, 2019 02:24

When we are talking about funny activities, math isn't really their best subject for many people. As for me, I hated maths at school. However, it can be useful for your brain. Some advanced math problems require problem-solving skills and critical thinking that can almost turn your brain inside out.

The math equation

When this mathematical equation went viral, it is understandable that people were a little confused. Why? This math problem seemed really simple but the internet can not agree on what the answer is.

People were challenged with solving this equation:

6 ÷ 2(1+2) =

The Internet users had different answers but the most common were 1 or 9. Of course, there were those who thought the answer was 6, 3 and even 0. Here are some answers.

Take a minute and try to solve this math equation. What answers did you come up with?

If you have either 9 or 1, you are part of the majority and the main problem isn't your logical skills but how you were taught to do the math.

Remember that this equation does not have two possible answers. There's only one solution.

If you come to 9, it is the right answer. Congratulations!

Why did this equation cause such a huge controversy? Presh Talwalker, the man behind the YouTube channel called Mind Your Decisions, revealed the explanation in this video.

He explained that there is an 'old' and a 'new' way to solve math problems. If your answer is 1, then you're solving the equation using the old formula and, if it's 9, you're using the modern method. The modern approach is correct.

If you could not find the correct answer, don't worry. Just try again! It is simpler than you think.

Many of us had not had a reason to solve equations like this since we graduated from school.

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Thanks to calculators and computers, we hardly ever do much in terms of calculations these days. However, it can be good to get into that habit again. It is a great work out for your brain.

There's something exciting about solving a math equation, even when it's just for fun. So the next time a viral mathematical task like this one comes up, you may be one of the few who would have the correct answer.