Viral math problem has social media going crazy

This math problem is being shared on social media and causing people to go into a frenzy. People are either solving it, debating the ways to solve it, or arguing about it.

The problem is 8÷2(2+2) and the first thing people seem to think of is PEMDAS, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.


As stated on Fox News, "Mike Breen, the Public Awareness Officer for the American Mathematical Society, told Popular Mechanics: “The way it’s written, it’s ambiguous. In math, a lot of times there are ambiguities. Mathematicians try to make rules as precise as possible.”

Depending on where in the world you learned math, as Mashable reported, determines how you can solve the problem.

There is the PEMDAS method: the order of operations is Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction, typically from left to right.

There is also the BODMAS method: Brackets, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction."

That means there are two correct answers for this equation depending on where you learned your math.

But feel free to grab the picture of the problem and share it to your own friends.

See how fast it turns into a hundred comments arguing about it!


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