Have you seen that math problem floating around the internet that no one can seem to agree on? In this blog, we’re going to solve the infamous question: 8 ÷ 2 (2+2) once and for all.

The reason this problem is breaking the internet is that everyone in the world seems to be arguing all about PEMDAS.

Parentheses

Exponents

Multiplication

Division

Addition

Subtraction

Some people have also learned alternate forms of PEMDAS such as GEMDAS (US) or BODMAS (UK, India, Bangladesh, Australia, other English-speaking countries), stirring up even more confusion when solving this problem. The problem is that the person who wrote this problem purposefully wrote it in a way so that people on the internet would argue over it. Normally you wouldn’t see this type of problem on the ACT, SAT , or any high school math in general because the division symbol isn’t used as much in that level of schooling. This problems needs to be more clear in what 8 is being divided by and could use some parentheses or brackets to be less confusing.

Our solution to this problem would be:

8 ÷ 2 (2+2) =

8 ÷ 2 (4) =

8 ÷ 8  =

1.