This particular math problem has sparked an uproar of comments and many different answers on Facebook, but only a few of those answers were correct. Can you get it right?
The 8th grade math problem is: 50 + 50 – 25 x 0 + 2 + 2 = ?. After a bit of research from many certified math teachers, we have the correct answer and the process to support it.
Have you figured it out yet? Here you go: 50 + 50 – 25 × 0 + 2 + 2 = 104. We’ve heard lots of other answers, but the correct answer for the tricky 8th-grade math problem is 104.
How To Solve The Problem
The most helpful tool for finding the answer of 104 is PEMDAS, a mnemonic device for remembering the order of operations. Ring a bell? You probably learned it in grade-school mathematics! PEMDAS is also known as Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally to really help people remember the mnemonic device. The photo below gives you a clear idea of how PEMDAS works to find solutions!
PEMDAS = Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication & division, addition & subtraction
There were several answers ranging from 4 to 79 to 104, but as you know, only the last one is right. Let’s have a round of applause for everyone out there who participated in the tricky mathematical problem (even I couldn’t do it in my head)!
Here, we’ll explain the math problem using PEMDAS and explain how we come out with the answer, 104, as provided to us by professionals.
1. You first do what’s in the parentheses (in this situation, there are none).
2. Second, exponents (again, there are none).
3. Third, any multiplication or division (whichever comes first) from left to right (in this problem, we have 25 x 0 = 0)
4. You now have 50 + 50 – 0 + 2 + 2
5. Next, you do addition and subtraction from left to right, starting with 50 + 50 = 100
6. Now you have 100 – 0 + 2 + 2. Since 100 – 0 = 100, you can remove the 0, leaving 100 + 2 + 2.
7. And 100 + 2 + 2, of course, gives you the correct answer of 104.
Some mathematical problems can cause much debate. With things like the Pythagorean Theorem and other weird formulas being taught in schools, it’s easy to forget how to do simple problems like this one! Math definitely isn’t easy for everyone, so we hope this helped you all with future math problems on our page!
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This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.
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