Netizens are divided over the answer of this seemingly simple math equation
Netizens are divided over the answer of this seemingly simple math equation

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Netizens Are Relearning BODMAS Because Of This seemingly Simple Math Equation, Can You Solve It?

Written By Diyali Banerjee | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Recently a maths puzzle has surfaced on social media platforms that have left netizens scratching their heads.
  • The equation which reads '8 % 2 ( 2 + 2) = ?'  has two probable answers, 1 and 16, and netizens have taken Twitter to storm debating over the same. 
  • Interestingly, both 1 and 16 are correct answers.

The internet is known for often circulating interesting mind-games which are highly appreciated by the users, and going with the trend, recently a maths puzzle has surfaced on social media platforms that have left netizens scratching their heads. While it is unclear how the equation surfaced on the Internet, people around the world are debating over the answer of the seemingly simple math equation.

The equation which reads '8 ÷ 2 ( 2 + 2) = ?'  has two probable answers: 1, as well as 16 for some reason, and netizens have stormed Twitter in debating it. 

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Here are the reactions:

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Here's why people are getting two different answers:

Interestingly, both 1 and 16 are correct answers. The confusion is occurring because of the differences in teaching and learning styles of people around the world. Since part of the world teaches BODMAS and part teaches PEMDAS the answer of a simple algebraic equation can be quite confusing at times. According to BODMAS the Brackets comes first followed by Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction. In certain regions, PEMDAS  which stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Division, Multiplication, Addition, and Subtraction is followed and it is a synonym of BODMAS. It explains the order of operations to solve an expression. If one solves the equation following BODMAS, the answer is 16 and if you do PEMDAS, the answer is 1. 

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