# This Math Equation Is Dividing The Internet Aug 1 2019, 19:03 UTC

Often, social media has to be polarizing to be profitable, with people clashing and increasing engagement. Over the last few days, there has been a peculiar fight online – and it all has to do with a math equation.

The equation posted by @pjmolI appears to be simple and straightforward: 8 ÷ 2(2+2) = ? There are no weird operations or integer numbers, yet people are baffled when they solve the equation and get different answers from their peers, either 16 or 1.

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Even different calculators produce different results. Some people are claiming math is broken or that nobody taught them maths properly. However, the confusion lies in the fact that the question is set up in a misleading way.

So what's the truth? According to the rules of algebra, the answer should be 16. Let’s break it down with the traditional approach. It doesn’t matter if you have been taught algebra with the BODMAS (brackets, order, division, multiplication, addition, subtraction) conventions or the PEMDAS (parentheses, indices, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction).

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To begin, you solve the bracketed addition bit and end up with an equation that reads 8 ÷ 2 x 4 =? According to both BODMAS and PEMDAS, division and multiplication have the same priority. So once you get there, how should you solve it? From left to right. You do 8 divided by 2 and then you multiply by 4.