I hate math. I use a tip calculator at restaurants. I married a mathematician partially so I would never have to do math again. Even the thought of writing about math makes me break out in a sweat. But here we are. Thanks, Internet.

oomfies solve this pic.twitter.com/0RO5zTJjKk

— ##sof day! (@pjmdolI) July 28, 2019

What’s the answer? No one seems to be able to agree. To be honest, I didn’t even try. I called my husband on the phone crying and asked him what he thought. He said the answer was 16 and explained that according to the order of operations (PEMDAS), multiplying and dividing are one step and adding and subtracting are one step and supposed to be performed in order of left to right.

So, the answer is 16, right?

I don’t know. I failed the same math test four times in college. But my husband is a human calculator, and I trust him.

## The math equation went viral as Twitter users had an absolute meltdown trying to figure out what the correct answer is. Some said 16 was the right solution — but others explained that 1 was actually the answer.

Is Math Twitter a thing now?

IM SICK OF YALL pic.twitter.com/lCE1F1qg7b

— como siempre (@skylarrousse) July 30, 2019

took 3 calc classes, differential equations and linear algebra, it’s 16 bro

— jake chyllenhaal (@corynhendrix) July 30, 2019

8÷2(2×2) = 8÷2(4) = 8÷8 = 1

= Answer is 1.Solved Via “BODMAS” Rule :

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A+ dditional

S-ubtraction pic.twitter.com/tu64P3eUyg— Anant (@HumourouslyMe) July 30, 2019

The replies lowkey making me heated so I solved it. Btw imma math major and also tutor math to high school kids. I’m open to corrections tho pic.twitter.com/ZCi5pWxrxx

— 🥰 (@baesikhh) July 31, 2019

It’s 1. Blowing my mind how people are really debating this it’s fucking 3rd grade math

— jon vag (@yanni_v14) July 30, 2019

## So what is the right answer?

*Mashable* noted that “the way you go about solving it […] depends on where in the world you learned math. If you use PEMDAS, the order of the equation is Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction. But if you were raised on the BODMAS method, then the order is Brackets, Orders, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.”

## But that doesn’t make sense. As this tweet helpfully points out, multiplication and division are “of the same order level,” which it seems like people forgot (not judging here, I still count on my fingers sometimes).

Apparently, the confusion arises bc of variants of an acronym used to learn the ‘orders of operations’. *Sigh* Does no one understand that multiplication & division are of the same order level? As are addition & subtraction. If taught conceptually, ppl would realize that both… pic.twitter.com/4NhqPKF7id

— Dolvin Speight (@DolvinSp8) July 30, 2019

2/ multip. & div. are two sides of the same coin (I.e. a division operation can be expressed as multiplication & vice versa). The same is true for addition & subtraction.

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A↔️SThe answer is 16. pic.twitter.com/A9zSDLJPHS

— Dolvin Speight (@DolvinSp8) July 30, 2019

So it’s not a geographical thing.

## Honestly, I don’t care what the answer is. It’s refreshing to see people engaging in battles over math equations online. So, whether or not you think the answer is 1 or 16, keep up the wholesome math jabs and theoretical whimsy.

It’s either 1 or 16 depending on which mathematician you listen to, because order of operations isn’t a hard and fast rule, and math is really just a language.

And nothing is true. pic.twitter.com/d324s8grlA

— 🇳🇴Moon-faced Assassin of Joy🇺🇸 (@NomeDaBarbarian) July 30, 2019