Can you solve this math problem from high school?

Most of us have a special relationship with math. Good or bad, we will never forget that part of our childhood. As I said, it either helped you discover your love for numbers, or it was a subject you tried to avoid at all costs.

However, the fact is that we all need it to keep our minds in shape and math is a great way to move those brain cells around.

Now let’s put your equation-solving skills to the test!

I used to love math during school. But after starting my engineering major in college, I lost both interest and desire. Eight out of the ten subjects we had involved math. It was a bit too much for me.

Time to train the brain with math

After a few years, my love for math slowly started coming back. Now in my old age, I enjoy going through math books. Tring to find new problems to train my mind.

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I feel much more alert—and it’s also quite fun. It is interesting to find out how much you remember from back in school.

Therefore, I thought it would be a great idea to solve an equation I found earlier today. I found it quite challenging, even though it’s supposed to be for high school students.

Can you solve this math problem?

The difficulty level is perfect—not too easy, and not too hard. However, you still need to know the order of operations to solve it.

That’s if you want to solve this task.

What will the answer be?

8 – 2 ÷ 1/2 + 1 =?

If you only count from left to right, you might get the answer 13.

However, that solution is wrong. That’s not the correct answer. Let’s see how the correct solution goes after the picture below.


Start with the division

The rules of mathematics say that, in this case, one should start with the division.

2 ÷ 0.5 = 4

Then we are left with the following: “8 – 4 + 1 =? “

Now we finally solve it from left to right—and soon, we will have the solution.

The answer is, therefore, 5.

Did you find the correct answer on your own? Nice! Now press that share button below to invite your friends to a fun challenge today!