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Monday, July 10, 2017

Social media has been abuzz recently with debates over a math problem. It seems like a simple enough question, but people keep coming up with different answers, fueling the fight. Instead of arguing about politics, people are arguing about a math problem! That’s different!

Instead of arguing about politics, people are arguing about a math problem! That’s different! The math problem in question is below.

6 ÷ 2(1+2) = 

Some people say the answer is 9 while others say it is 1. There is a straightforward reason why educated people are coming up with both answers. It depends on how you were taught math.

If you were to plug this equation into a scientific calculator, the answer would be 9. That is how math is taught today. But, some of us were taught by an older standard and came up with the answer of 1. I will raise my hand and admit that I must be old because I got 1!

In the video below, this problem is solved out for you and explains the differences between the two learning styles. I certainly needed a refresher on the “new” math. This video has amassed over 4.7 million views, proving that people are interested in math! It’s nice to see a math video go viral in this highly charged political era!

The mathematician explained the video by writing, “What is 6÷2(1+2) = ? This problem went viral and generated millions of comments on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and social media sites. I explain how to get the correct answer by using the modern interpretation of the order of operations. I also explain how you would get a different answer under historical usage of the division symbol.”

WATCH below and see if you got the correct answer!

I feel rather dated that I had been using a math standard from 1917! I found this video very helpful!

Click here to see if you can answer another viral math problem!

Share this if you love math!

Source: Pop Sugar

 

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