 # Can You Solve This Simple Math Problem? The Correct Answer Depends On Where You’re From Robert-Owen-Wahl / Pixabay

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: there’s a simple math problem that’s tearing the Internet apart. I caught this discussion at Twitter, ran the math, and came back with the correct answer. Simple, right? Not so much.

The correct answer to this pretty straight forward equation is entirely dependent upon where you were raised and learned math. Some people like myself learned PEMDAS, others learn BOMDAS (Bracket, Of, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract).

Normally, when one of these ‘solve this’ equations goes viral it’s because most people can’t do math. This is a genuine case of the answer depending on which method you were taught. Let’s check it out:

The answer is 1, right? PEMDAS leads to 2+2 = 4. 2(4) = 8. Then 8/8 = 1. But if you do this wonky BOMDAS method you wind up with an answer of 16 and this is where all hell breaks loose.

This is wrong (according to PEMDAS). It doesn’t make it any more correct just because you wrote it out on paper.