A Twitter user asked a simple question on July 28, 2019. The internet couldn’t seem to come to a conclusion about the answer(s) to a simple question posed on July 28, 2019. The question was to solve “8 ÷ 2(2+2)”.
Many people believed the answer was 16, but others argued that it was 1. Almost immediately, trash talking began, and even then, there was a lot of confusion about what the final answer would be.
According to New York Times, everyone on Twitter agreed that the 2+2 within the brackets, aka the parenthesis, should be evaluated first. That’s what you were taught in school, too, right? So, 2+2 is 4, which means the question boils down to 8÷2×4.
Here’s where it gets complicated. Now that we have both a division and a multiplication, which should take precedence? If we carry out the division first, we get 4×4 = 16; if we carry out the multiplication first, we get 8÷8 = 1.