# A Brain Workout: Can You Solve This Viral Math Equation On The First Try?

June 20, 2019

Algebra is clearly a stumbling block for many people. Still, we can’t deny that maths helps us in our everyday lives. Its importance is undeniable. Although you might have forgotten those great school days, don't you want to have a short throwback to the past and put your mind to test?

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If so, then put your calculator away and give this equation a shot!  Do you think you have what it takes?

Well, first, here is the equation

At first glance, equations like this usually look simple. Yet, before you start we should leave you with a brief warning: if you don’t follow the right order of equation, you might not get it. This problem, in fact, has been shared on the Internet millions of times and confused many people.

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So are you ready to proceed with the right order of operation?

Since we have no parentheses nor exponents, we go multiplication and division.

First, we divide 7 by 7 which gives us 1. Then, we tackle the multiplication: 7 times 7 = 49.

You’re doing great!

Our next step is to substitute these results into an equation:

Now we have 7 + 1 + 49 - 7 = ?

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It means that there are only the addition and subtraction left. Let's do it from left to right:

7+1 = 8

8+49 = 57

And finally, 57 - 7 = 50!

Easy, right?

In fact, it isn't the only correct way to solve this mathematical problem. If you know some other options, share them with us. Hopefully, you enjoyed this great and useful brain exercise!