# Boost Your Logical Thinking! Can You Move Three Matchsticks And Make The Equation Right?

January 28, 2019

Logic is the study of correct and incorrect thinking. Also, it’s the brain ability to differentiate right from wrong, make decisions and find solutions to difficult problems.

It sounds like it’s an essential brain skill for everyone to develop. And, as we train the body to develop the perfect physical shape and good health, we are able to train the brain with the following exercises:

• Playing logic games;
• Watching and reading detective stories;
• Building three-dimensional structures from construction set;
• Solving math puzzles and problems.

Here is one for you to enjoy!

This equation does not look right. The task is to remove three matchsticks to fix it.

There is more than one right answer. Take your time, arm yourself with a piece of paper and a pen, and give your brain a nice workout!

Actually, there are three ways to remove the matchsticks and make this math equation right.

1. Remove the middle matchstick from 8 to get 0. Remove 2 matchsticks from 9, from the top and the bottom, to get 4.

0 + 4 = 4

2. Remove the vertical matchstick from the plus sign to get a minus. Remove 2 matchsticks from 9, from the top and the bottom, to get 4.

8 – 4 = 4

3. Remove the vertical matchstick from 8 to get 9.  Remove the vertical matchstick from the plus sign to get minus. Remove the vertical matchstick from 9 to get 5.

9 – 5 = 4

We hope you have enjoyed solving the equation. How long did it take you to figure out what matchsticks you had to remove? Did you find another solution besides these three? Share it with us in the comments.