Math Problem Is Making People Lose Their Minds

May 19, 2017 6:26 pm Last Updated: May 19, 2017 6:26 pm

A math problem is going viral, and despite its simplicity, people are debating on its answer.

The question was posted on YouTube account MindYourDecisions: 6÷2(1+2) = ?

The problem went viral and drew millions of comments on Facebook, Twitter, and social media websites.

The acronyms PEMDAS/BODMAS operations can be used on the problem.

According to MindYourDecisions’ website, “First evaluate Parentheses/Brackets, then evaluate Exponents/Orders, then evaluate Multiplication-Division, and finally evaluate Addition-Subtraction.”

First:

6÷2(1+2)
= 6÷2(3)

And it gets an answer of 9.

But others did the equation this way: 6/2(3) — which gives you the next equation, 6/6, and the answer of 1. People get the 1 answer because of an older way of interpreting the division symbol.