A recent math equation has divided the internet more than ever before, and no matter if you love or hate math, you will not be able to decide which is the correct answer.
Don’t believe us? Check out the simple-looking, yet confusing equation:
So, what’s the answer?
I immediately said that the answer was 16, according to the order of operations PEMDAS. Multiplying and dividing are one step, and adding and subtracting are the next one.
However, the equation went absolutely viral on the internet because many users pointed out that the answer is, in fact, 1 (according to the BODMAS rule):
As it turns out, the correct answer depends on where in the world you learned math.
If you use the PEMDAS method, the order is Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.
However, if you were raised in the BODMAS method, the order is Brackets, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.