A Middle School Math Equation To Challenge Your Math Skills July 5, 2019 17:40

Quite a number of people today have little or no knowledge about solving simple mathematical problems, and this is alarming. This might be because most people think that they won't need their knowledge of trigonometry or algebra in their daily activities. Neirfy / Shutterstock.com

However, that isn't the case. Before we get to the importance of maths, let's task you with this question. This math problem has left some adults bewildered. Can you be different? Here it goes!

24 ÷ 4 (8 ÷ 4) =? At first glance, it might seem complicated, but all you need is an excellent knowledge of your order of operations. For many, math skills are a thing you acquire in school to pass exams and move on to the next grade.

However, math is way more important as we apply math concepts to almost everything we do in life: finances, transport, even cooking.

In addition, solving math problems is good for the brain as it helps to exercise parts of the brain that would otherwise go dull.

Proficiency in maths may also help to become a better problem solver as the analytic and reasoning skills required in maths are essential in finding solutions to problems.

Now that you know how important math is in running the world, have you been able to solve the equation correctly?

Quite some people who attempted this question arrived at 3 as their answer. Unfortunately, that is wrong. If you are wondering why then let's get right to solving the problem.

All you need is the knowledge of PEMDAS, that is, the right order of operations: Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and then Subtraction.

To arrive at the right answer, one has to solve the bracket first, that is, divide 8 by 4 to get 2, and then divide 24 by 4 to get 6. Finally, you then multiply 6 by 2 to give 12.

Piece of cake, right? If you enjoyed this puzzle, make sure you share it with a loved one to challenge them!