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A Tricky Equation: How Quickly Can You Solve This Simple Math Problem?

Date March 28, 2019

Why is math important anyway? You may have wondered about this as you struggle to focus during an algebra lesson or ponder on why one problem takes hours to solve sometimes.

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The truth is, math does bring some benefits, including cognitive ones. A Stanford University study discovered that children who know and practiced math are able to use certain areas of their brains more effectively than those who don't enjoy playing numbers.

In addition, the brain regions involved in advanced math skills in these high-performing children are linked to cognitive tasks that involve decision-making and visual attention.

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Simply put, the more math problems your brain works on, the more you stimulate the areas of the brain that helps you make decisions and maintain your attention.

Can you solve this?

Now that you know the benefits greatly from doing maths, you may be inspired to fire up your brain. Let's start with this curious problem.

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How fast do you think you can solve this equation?

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Most people would either get the answers 58 or 10. Take a minute to try to solve it on your own and see if you're with the majority, or you got something different.

The truth is, either of these answers can be correct. Because parenthesis comes first according to the order of operations, you may have followed this rule to arrive at your answer of "10".

However, the parenthesis can also be seen as multiplication since there's only one number in it. So, while calculators may see it this way and come up with 58 as the answer, if you follow the rules strictly, you end up with 10 as your solution. 

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So did you enjoy solving this math problem? If it was a challenge for your mind, be sure to share it with others so that their brains can get a workout, too.

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