# Can You Solve This Tricky High School Math Problem?

May 20, 2019

Regardless of whether hated or loved math back in high school, but can you give this equation a shot?

Here it goes!

5 ÷ 5 + 3 - 6 x 2=?

Many people leave their math solving skills behind when they leave school because they believe math isn’t useful in real life. That isn’t true, though.

Math is needed in our everyday lives. A good mastery of the subject prepares you for a life filled with all-around success. Also, it confers on you the ability to concentrate, solve problems, and simplify complicated matters.

Let’s not forget that when carrying out mundane tasks like cooking or even sorting out your finances, you need a good knowledge of math.

Luckily, math doesn’t have to be boring; that’s why we brought it to you in the form of a puzzle.

Have you gotten an answer? Did it prove difficult? If you arrived at anything other than -8, we’re sorry, but you’re wrong. Are you wondering how we came up with that? Let’s explain!

It’s all about using the right order of operation. For this equation, we use PEMDAS, which is an acronym for Parentheses, Exponent, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.  Looking at the equation from left to right, it is evident that the first operation to be performed is the division.

5 ÷ 5= 1

Then, we are left with 1 + 3 - 6 x 2

Since multiplication takes precedence over addition, we solve 6 x 2, which makes 12. This will be followed by the addition which is 1 + 3 + 4

Finally, 4 - 12 gives us -8!

It wasn’t so difficult, right?

If this improved your love for math, make sure you stick around for more!