# It Looks Simple But It Can Be Complicated: Can You Solve This Tricky Math Problem?

April 25, 2019

Do you believe you have a sharp, analytical mind? If you do, then you shouldn't be afraid to test it every now and then. And we believe this math problem is a great way to do just that.

How quickly can you find the answer? At first glance, equations like this usually look scary. When you see so many symbols and numbers, it can be quite intimidating. But the trick to any complicated math problem is to first try and break it down.

This process is pretty beneficial for the brain, by the way. It gives you a chance to mentally stretch yourself considering that some of us probably haven't done a math equation in years.

Besides, if you were a pro at math once upon a time, it may not be such a bad idea for you to give your mind a test to see if you still got it. And we hope you have a good time coming up with the answer to the problem above.

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Have you been able to figure it out?

If you're struggling, we can help you out here. Keep in mind that when solving problems like this, you need to follow what is known as the order of operations (PEMDAS). So for this equation, you should start by solving the division before the addition and subtraction.

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Did you find this hint helpful? Now follow the rules and try to come up with the answer to the equation.

If you did, awesome! But see the answer below to know if you had it correctly.

So here's what we did. After solving the divisions first, we have 9-1+9-1 which is now a simple addition/subtraction that will give you 16 as an answer.

Did you get it right? Good for you. The good news is that the more you do math puzzles like this, the better you become at them. So don't give up if this was too much of a challenge. And don't forget to share with your friends. They may enjoy solving the problem.