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Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By dayan (M)May 19, 2017, 09:01:57 PM

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What is 6÷2(1 2) = ?

The problem often generates debate and has millions of comments on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites.


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By dayan (M)May 19, 2017, 09:02:55 PM
Tell us your answer. And if we agree with it, we ask for your detailed solution.
Try it!  :))


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By Adenosine (M)May 19, 2017, 09:35:22 PM
9 8) 8) 8)  8) 8) 8)


Re: Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By Samson AliuMay 19, 2017, 10:41:44 PM
Tell us your answer. And if we agree with it, we ask for your detailed solution.
Try it!  :))
Answer is 1.


Re: Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By ifeanyia (M)May 19, 2017, 11:56:49 PM
Answer is 1.

Oga share your solution  :))


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By ifeanyia (M)May 19, 2017, 11:57:34 PM
9 8) 8) 8)  8) 8) 8)

Oga share your solution too.  ;)


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By Ramjoe (M)May 20, 2017, 06:24:27 AM
The answer is 1...


Lemme share how I got that...

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)

From here, 2(3) is the same as 2*3.
Now I have 6÷6...

That gives 1.


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By dayan (M)May 20, 2017, 07:13:04 AM
The answer is 1...


Lemme share how I got that...

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)

From here, 2(3) is the same as 2*3.
Now I have 6÷6...

That gives 1.

 :))


Re: Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By MeshlacyMay 20, 2017, 05:46:03 PM
The answer is 1...


Lemme share how I got that...

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)

From here, 2(3) is the same as 2*3.
Now I have 6÷6...

That gives 1.

 :))
The answer is 6


Re: Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By ifeanyia (M)May 21, 2017, 05:02:08 AM
:))
The answer is 6

Oga how did you arrive at your answer? Please tell us.  :))


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By ifeanyia (M)May 21, 2017, 05:09:03 AM
The answer is 1...


Lemme share how I got that...

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)

From here, 2(3) is the same as 2*3.
Now I have 6÷6...

That gives 1.

You almost got the correct answer ... ALMOST.  ;)


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By Ramjoe (M)May 21, 2017, 06:26:44 AM
You almost got the correct answer ... ALMOST.  ;)

Little wonder it's viral...  :-[

Even in my head, not just a solution. And that's a problem, my head usually gives me one.  o-O


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By dayan (M)May 21, 2017, 08:24:09 AM
Little wonder it's viral...  :-[

Even in my head, not just a solution. And that's a problem, my head usually gives me one.  o-O

But you almost got it!

Look at your solution again:

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)


Follow the BODMAS  :)


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By Ramjoe (M)May 21, 2017, 10:13:56 PM
But you almost got it!

Look at your solution again:

BODMAS

6÷2(1 2)...

Dealing with the brackets first.
I got:  6÷2(3)


Follow the BODMAS  :)

Missteps in maths can be dangerous, aye?

6÷2*3...

 :)Here I am preaching BODMAS.

It was staring at me the whole time, no excuses, I'm getting rusty... I couldn't see that? Thank you for showing me this...

Now, my answer is 9... Using BODMAS of course.


Re: Can you solve this elementary school maths problem? It may not be easy! Try it!

By dayan (M)May 21, 2017, 10:42:08 PM
Missteps in maths can be dangerous, aye?

6÷2*3...

 :)Here I am preaching BODMAS.

It was staring at me the whole time, no excuses, I'm getting rusty... I couldn't see that? Thank you for showing me this...

Now, my answer is 9... Using BODMAS of course.

Now you got it!  :)
Maths is very unforgiving with all mistakes, it doesn't matter how small.
Just imagine the difference between 1 and 9 !  :o

BTW what made this maths go viral (in my opinion) is because the America formula for solving this is PEMDAS, which translates to parenthesis, exponents, multiplications, divisions, additions, and subtractions.
But then it adds a little confusion feature ( a monkey wrench in my opinion), which is that the multiplication and the division has to be done simultaneously, BUT from the left to the right! Huh??
So in solving this, though you are supposed to divide and multiply at the same time, you must give precedence to the function on the left before solving the function to the right of it.

Methinks that the Nigerian approach is much simpler and avoids confusion. Ours is BODMAS. You never get mixed up easily.
PEMDAS may be more sophisticated in solving higher level maths; but BODMAS is certainly easier for simpler ones like the one we are dealing with here.  8)


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