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

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.