The maths equation that has brought the internet to a stand-still


If you consider yourself somewhat of a mathematics whizz, then boy have I got an equation for you.

Thousands of Twitter users across the globe are currently arguing over the correct answer to a maths question.

And it turns out that the way you’ve been taught algebra could impact the outcome of the sum.

Depending on the method you use to solve the problem, there seems to be two possible answers to the question – but which one is the right one?

The drama all started when a girl called Em, who posts under the username @pjmdoll, shared a tweet instructing her followers to: “Solve this”.

Alongside this she shared a cartoon of a classroom with an equation written on the blackboard.

The maths problem reads: 8 ÷ 2 (2+2) = ?

More than 7,800 people have liked her tweet with over 8,000 responding with answers.

The two most common answers people on Twitter reached are one and 16.

What do you think the answer is? Let us know in the comments below.


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