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Next time you have a math assignment, you may not want to take to the internet to get it figured out because if it’s one thing we know, it’s that people cannot be trusted to do math.

Once again, Nobody Can Figure Out The Answer to This Math Problem and it has the whole internet divided.

The math problem is:

6/2 (1 + 2) = ?

Some are quick to jump in saying you need to go in the order of PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) like many of us were taught in grade school.

Others, disagree and say it’s acronyms BODMAS to follow.

Either way, most people are coming up with the answers 0, 1, 3, or 6 which are presumably wrong.

Why?

Because the answer is actually 9.

Here is an overly complicated breakdown of the equation:

But to dumb it down for those (like me) that have math as their weakest subject, here is a YouTube video going over the equation:

So yeah, technically the answer is 9 but can also be 1? I am more confused now than when I started.

So, which is it? What is your answer?!

Nealey says

There is one and only one answer:

6/2(1+2)

6/2(3)

3(3)

9

Don Bender says

Okay, so let’s reverse engineer a couple equally plausible story problems from this very poorly formed equation, just to illustrate that it IS INDEED a poorly formed equation…

First Story Problem–two friends, Jim & Joe, each have one $2 bill and one $1 bill (2(1+2))… Together they have six dollars. They decide to split their money amongst six of their friends, so each friend gets $1 ((6÷6)).

Second Story Problem–Bob has $6 that he decides to split between two of his friends, Frick & Frack, giving $3 to each friend ((6÷2)). Because they’re good guys, Frick & Frack each take the $3 and add an additional $3 (2+1), and decide to pay it forward by giving all of the money to their sister for a total of $9.

Neither is wrong, neither is right. It’s a faulty equation, so stop arguing about which is correct. Good grief!

Scholar says

6

————–

2(1+2)

=

6

——-

(2×1) + (2×2)

=

6

———-

2+4

=

6

——–

6

=1

Keri says

I’ve never heard of a maths problem having two correct answers. It’s either one or the other and my answer is 1.

Scholar says

6

————–

2(1+2)

=

6

——-

(2×1) + (2×2)

=

6

———-

2+4

=

6

——–

6

=1

Ryan says

People forget the key part of the multiple and divide step. It isn’t always multiply, then divide. It’s multiply or divide, whichever comes first left to right.

6÷2(1+2)

6÷2(3) parenthesis

3(3) division comes first so divide

9. Then multiply

I will say this. This simplification problem is written in an unorthodox way, probably meant to trick people into doing it wrong and dying on their hill over it. Here’s a better way to represent the same problem:

6

—- (1 + 2)

2

Professor Torres says

The correct answer is 1. If you use either order of operations it will be 1.

6/2(2+1)=

(2+1)=3

2(3)=6

6/6=1

That is the proper way to use the order of operations. Most calculators aren’t sufficient enough to solve equations like this. It can simply be done with mental math or using scrap paper.

Victoria says

I got one but nine could also be correct..

6/2(1+2)

(1+2)=3

2(3)= 6

6/6=1

Or

6/2(1+2)

2(1+2)

(2+4)=6

6/6 =1

Or

6/2(1+2)

6/2=3

3(1+2)

3(3)=9

James says

Your solving for an equation so if you take the third route you would have to solve for x not just move the 3 over. 6/2=3x and then 3=3x and last solve for x so x= 3/3 or 1. It will never be 9….

Lily says

You don’t do multiplication before division if the division is further left in an equation. After you solve the (1+2), that gets left until it comes up in the line. The division gets done first. That’s how math works.

6/2(1+2)

6/2(3)

3(3)

9

This is the ONLY correct answer, and the simplest way to solve it.

Willow smith says

9

Paige says

PEMDAS and BODMAS are the exact same thing…. just worded differently. If you follow either one, the answer would be 1.

Parenthesis Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, subtraction.

Brackets (same as parenthesis), Orders (any number with powers or square roots, aka exponents), Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction. The answer is not 9. If you get 9 you are not doing the math properly. Follow the order.

Thomas Compton IV says

But it is 9… 6/2(1+2)=6/2(3)=3(3)=9

LENA says

Have you ever taken Algebra cause if you had you wouldn’t be doing well on your test. The only correct answer is 9. Unless elementary, high school and both colleges I attended taught me incorrectly.

Cindy says

6/2(1+2)

(3)

6/2(3)

(6)

6/(6)

Answer: 1

Thomas Compton IV says

You only do what’s in parentheses first… So 2(3) does not get done before 6/2

Sadie says

6➗2(1+2)

3(1+2)

3(3)=9🌚

Blake says

You’re supposed to do the parentheses First…..

Justin says

Parentheses first , multiplication and divisions second left to right. Not multiplication than division. You do them left to right…

Thomas Compton IV says

You only do what’s in parentheses first… So 2(3) is treated as 2*3 so you do 6/2 first

Megmartires says

Zero

Janell says

6/2(1+2)

Distributive property

6/2+2+4

6/2=3

3+2+4=9

Lynnet Henderson says

1 because I did distribute property first then divide

C says

It is 1.

There are zero exponents in the equation to make the answer 9…lol smh

Dumbass says

….there isnt a need for exponents to make it 9 though.

Lena says

What? Do you have any idea what you are even talking about. Having no exponents in this equation has nothing to do with the correct answer being 9. I really hope your being sarcastic!

Leigh-Ann says

9

6\2 (3) =

3(3)=9

Ray says

9

ryan says

7

Simcha says

6*1/2*(2+1)=9

jess says

1

Alivia says

6/2(1+2)=

(1+2) = 3

6/2=3

3(3)=9