The seemingly simple math equation confounded Twitter with a majority divided between '1' and '16' as the answer.
You'd think you've seen the last of math equations in high school but like nature, Math always finds a way. After the blue dress-gold dress conundrum that drove the internet mad, a seemingly basic math equation is here to ruin your sleep. The question was posted on Twitter and asked "what’s the answer to 8 ÷ 2 (2+2) =?" Sounds basic, right? Well, Twitter users came up with many answers to the question that's basically fourth-grade algebra. The answers that stood out were 16 and 1. Interestingly, it wasn’t just your average Twitter user (me) that was left confused. The equation divided Math professors with even calculators were showing different answers to the same question.
Eager to find the solution, I decided to go through the replies (as you do) but all I found out was that there's a vicious math community out there that's ready to kill anyone that disagreed. The debate got heated with one user writing: It’s 16 and if you say otherwise start packing your clown shoes. The "1" faction wasn’t amused either with one user hitting back: It’s 1. Blowing my mind how people are really debating this, it’s fu*king 3rd-grade math. A representative of the "16" faction shot back: Time to re-take 3rd-grade math. I don't remember Math ever being this fun. I grabbed some popcorn. I had nothing else scheduled for the day.
8÷2(2x2) = 8÷2(4) = 8÷8 = 1— Whosthatmonk 🙈🙉🙊 (@KnaughtyMonk) July 30, 2019
= Answer is 1.
Solved Via "BODMAS" Rule :
O( f )
M x ultiplication
Leading mathematicians said the question was set up to deceive the layman (me). They argued that without sufficient brackets, there was a lot of ambiguity providing scope for multiple interpretations of the equation. As per the rules of Algebra, the answer is 16. We get the same answer even if we analyze the equation as per BODMAS (brackets, order, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction) conventions or using the PEMDAS (parentheses, indices, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction), or as many remember it — Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Considering the very foundations of math were at stake, many weren't ready to excuse your Aunt Sally.
sis .... it’s literally pemdas you should only be getting 16🤡— ⟭⟬ karla⁷ (@svhobi) July 29, 2019
i have 2 math degrees it’s 1— laur (@genericversion) July 30, 2019
Solving the bracketed addition is the starting point of this equation, which leads us to 8 ÷ 2 x 4 =? Up to this point, everyone agrees. Some argued that according to both BODMAS and PEMDAS, division and multiplication have the same priority. So going from left to right, we divide 8 by 2 and then you multiply by 4 and thus giving you answer 16.
it’s 16 omg the replies embarrassing...— ✰ (@gcfssea) July 28, 2019
1. The amount of people saying 16 need to retake math 😭— 🌼𝕙𝕩𝕟𝕖𝕪𝕓𝕖𝕖. seeing BTS🐝 ⁷ (@BlackSwan875) July 28, 2019
We can look at both the arguments with added brackets to give clarity on the different approaches of users. You could have (8 ÷2)x(2+2), which would equal 16, or you could write it as 8÷[2x(2+2)], which equals 1. Calculators also get it wrong because of the ambiguity of the equation. The equation did give us some hilarious responses on Twitter. I had to get a popcorn refill at this point. Even PornHub chimed in with their take on the equation. You'd think they'd be busy with half the world sitting at home, but no, this was more important. I certainly wouldn't want to count on Pornhub for an answer to a math problem but to be fair, they do classify their threesomes and foursomes pretty accurately.
It’s clearly 1— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) July 31, 2019
Math appears to be a matter of opinion now.
It's either 1 or 16 depending on which mathematician you listen to, because order of operations isn't a hard and fast rule, and math is really just a language.— Heir to the Throne of the Kingdom of Idiots (@NomeDaBarbarian) July 30, 2019
And nothing is true. pic.twitter.com/d324s8grlA
Sometimes you just gotta throw caution to the wind and think outside the box.
The answer is 100— mark (@emocowboy410) July 30, 2019
8/2 = 60
2+2 = 5
60 x 5 = 100
Certainly not the first time math has ruined someone's morning.
This is not what i hopped on twitter for this morning..— DatBoy$olo (@Umer_Remu) July 30, 2019
Sometimes math can seem like a foreign language.
Ebenso wie bei Nachrichten über angeblich nordafrikanische Randalierer (Beispiel Düsseldorf) oder angebliche Überfälle durch Linksextremisten (Beispiel Leipzig im Vorfeld der Poggenburg-Demo) lohnt es sich auch hier, zwei mal hinzusehen. Die Lösung lautet nicht 1 sondern 16.— Beichtlenker Guvtas (@radknecht) August 5, 2019
At the end of it all, it appeared there was no one clear answer. The Math people at Berkeley wrote out a 3456-page explanation on why the math equation is poorly written, stating that the real answer is unclear. Well, that didn't work with my Math teacher but ok.