#### This equation confuses online millions: Let 's find out if you are enough sharp to solve it

Do you consider math defiant?

Trust me and don't be afraid. Many people are suffering from Mathemaphobia, or math anxiety. People under this condition suffer from stress and anxiety when faced with a challenge related to maths.

Worst-case scenario, if they are forced to solve a complicated equation they could even have a panic attack – like the one we gave you today.

This mathematics issue has recently circulated across the internet. Although the problem may look relatively simple, it is actually far more difficult than you think.

This calculation appears to have been taken from a standard book of mathematics for high school students. Yet the equation has been circulating online recently, baffling all those who are trying to fix it.

## The answer is not 0, 1, 3, or 6

Here comes the problem.

**6 ÷ 2 (1 + 2) =?**

You aren't alone when you reach solution 0, 1, 3, or 6.

People have been discussing how to arrive at their particular answers throughout the internet.

But the fact is that the answer to that question is 9.

How? How? You are curious. Then check below for the clarification.

## The order of math operations

The first thing you need to keep in mind with this type of problem is the order of operations.

**First**, you have to solve the numbers within the parentheses, 1 + 2, which naturally becomes 3.

After that, the equation will look like this: **6 ÷ 2 (3) =**

Phase 2, transforming 2 (3) to 2 x 3. You must remove the parentheses according to the rules of math, and a space between two numbers usually means multiplication.

The problem, now, looks like this: **6 ÷ 2 x 3 =**

## Divide and multiply

Step three is dividing and multiplying, normally we solve from left to right. So first 6/2 which is equal to 3.

The final phase then looks like this: 3 x 3. The multiplication is solved and we get our definitive answer: 9.

## The brain quickly forgets

Why do so many people have issues with mathematics of this type? It's what everybody learns in classes. Exactly right?

The answer is that the brain simply forgets about the order of operations, because in our daily lives we rarely need to use it.

It's all about repetition, memory is a muscle and it requires daily exercise to keep it in shape.

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