Will You Succeed at Solving This Math Problem?

At first glance it seems like a simple math problem, but few people managed to solve it on the first try. This math problem has become a viral hit on the internet sparking many. A viral problem that provoked violent reactions and many possible solutions.

Try to solve this mathematical problem.


Good luck!

The task is as follows:

6 ÷ 2 ( 1 + 2 ) = ?

What is the solution? Most users give them as the correct solution 1 and 9. But what is the really correct solution? What do you need to know to solve this mathematical problem? The order of operations is important. Division goes before collection. Also, what is in parentheses is decided first.


A mathematician explains the solution in the following video.

Let’s see if we understand everything.

What is in parentheses is decided first. 6 ÷ 2 ( 3 ) = ?

Then we get this format. 6 ÷ 2 x 3 = ?

Once we get such a mathematical problem, it is solved sequentially.

6 ÷ 2 = 3. Then we get this 3 x 3 = ?

And finally the correct result is 9. 3 x 3 = 9.

This is undoubtedly the correct solution of the equation.

But then why did this equation provoke such violent reactions and a false – correct solution 1 was obtained? In the past, equations were solved differently. The order of operations was different. There is documented evidence that this mathematician researched.


The first part is fine. It was decided in the same way, what is decided first is in parentheses.


6 ÷ 2 ( 3 ) = ?

Then the equation was solved according to those rules like this:

= = = 1

This is how the false correct solution 1 came to be.

This is a solution to the equation according to historical usage from 1917.


Because of this way of solving this equation has divided internet users. Due to this way of solving, the false correct result 1 is obtained.


Did you manage to find the correct answer to this equation? How long did it take you to solve it? You do not have to be a mathematical genius to solve this equation. All you have to do is use your logic and logical thinking and follow the rules of the order of operations.