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  • Vasco Apolonio
    Vasco Apolonio  2 hours back

    First you need to simplify the second part of the equation (in comas). 2 plus 2 is 4. Then you multiplie 2 by 4, wich is 8.
    Then, the same number divided by itself is... Go learn. Im not your teatcher...

    • Dan
      Dan  24 hours back

      okay wait I predict 16 before I read any comments or see any answers.

      • dennis kasirimo
        dennis kasirimo  1 days back

        All of you are wrong its 6 after opening the brackects division comes first and the equation becomes 8/4+4=6 BODMAS

        • Evenso Ndlovu
          Evenso Ndlovu  1 days back

          Many people quote BODMAS rule but they don't actually know how to use it.

          • poor man with no subscribers

            They don't know the basic method

            • AjvarD
              AjvarD  2 days back

              You brought equation problem and did not solve it?

              • Vikram Singh
                Vikram Singh  2 days back

                It's 16 because of bodmas

                • Mathilde Pozzi
                  Mathilde Pozzi  2 days back

                  In italy that equation gives 1 as a results, don't know what you guys have been thought

                  • Junior Usina
                    Junior Usina  2 days back

                    Is Trump’s fault

                    • Aaditya Aggarwal
                      Aaditya Aggarwal  2 days back

                      No wonder we have more cars on the road than needed when half the ppl are giving an answer 16 times the correct one!

                      • Michael Eppler
                        Michael Eppler  5 hours back

                        You know what's really funny? The fact that the correct answer is 16. It's 8:2(2+2). Which ist the same as 8:2*(2+2). You Start with the one in brackets: 8:2*4. Than you obviously continue with 8:2 which is 4 and leaves you with 4*4 which is 16. Feeling bad already? It's funny 'cause the people forgetting that the stuff in brackets comes first actually get the right answer.

                    • lsamoa
                      lsamoa  3 days back

                      The only accurate answer to that math problem is "problem incorrectly stated". Whether the bracket is dividing or multiplying number 8 is unclear as the wrong division sign is used. There's no place for such ambiguity in math. You need to us / and then add a * before the bracket if the answer is supposed to be 16, or just use / if the answer is supposed to be 1. But never ÷ in any math problem statement involving more than two numbers. Basic stuff.

                      • Sunday Lee
                        Sunday Lee  3 days back


                        • Muhammad
                          Muhammad  4 days back

                          According to the majority, it's 16.
                          According to what people say here, it's 1.
                          Because in 8÷2(2+2) you do the brackets first. Which gives 8÷2(4). Then, you multiply 2 with 4 because of the brackets which gives 8÷8. When is 1.

                          Edit: BODMAS starts with Brackets and that means Brackets go first
                          And what I was taught is that although brackets do the same thing as multiplication, they aren't the same because brackets go first.

                          • Luthfa Begum
                            Luthfa Begum  1 days back

                            Muhammad that’s how I do mine

                          • Shan B
                            Shan B  1 days back

                            @dennis kasirimo answer is 16, you are not supposed to expand the brackets, it's not algebra. Even if you did you expanded wrong since its 8÷2(2+2) and not 8+2(2=2) so the real expansion you would have to do the 8/2 first so its 4(2+2), 8+8=16 but even then you aren't supposed to expand the brackets as its not valid in this scenario because of BIDMAS or PEMDAS whichever order of operations you use.

                          • dennis kasirimo
                            dennis kasirimo  1 days back

                            The answer is 6 division comes first after opening the bracket it becomes 8/4+4=6

                          • Anuj Chitale
                            Anuj Chitale  2 days back

                            @Lo Kä Oh.

                        • Cristopher Apoyon
                          Cristopher Apoyon  4 days back

                          8÷2(2+2)=1 in case you didn't know

                          • badguy blah
                            badguy blah  4 days back

                            It's 1... Has no one heard of bodmas in US?

                          • Ragib Ahmed Siddique
                            Ragib Ahmed Siddique  4 days back

                            the ans is only 1

                            • Hyper Striker
                              Hyper Striker  4 days back

                              First is (2+2) = 4
                              Second 8 ÷ 2 = 4
                              Third is 4 x 4 = 16

                              • Hyper Striker
                                Hyper Striker  1 days back

                                Have heard of PEMDAS?

                              • Hyper Striker
                                Hyper Striker  1 days back

                                The Parenthesis just prioritize the equation in it

                              • Evenso Ndlovu
                                Evenso Ndlovu  1 days back

                                That first operation doesn't actually remove the bracket, it merely solves the contents. To remove the bracket, you have to then say 2(4) = 8. You're then left with 8/8= 1.

                            • Danny Anderson
                              Danny Anderson  4 days back

                              Without BEDMAS, its 16.With BEDMAS its 1

                              • Alba G
                                Alba G  4 days back

                                So like I'm not American and I havent been taught with bedmas or whatever
                                Just brakets, then divisions and multiplicacions from left to right and then adding and substracting from left to right
                                If you have 1x2/2 yo do 1x2 first, if you have 1/2x2 you do 1/2 first
                                So 8/2(2+2) its obviously 16
                                I don't get why theres debate

                                • Jay Ryze
                                  Jay Ryze  4 days back

                                  either youre trolling, or you really dont know the answer:
                                  Since there is nothing between the 2 and the bracket you have to add a multiplication sign changing the problem to:
                                  this turns out to be 8/8=1
                                  The 2* has to be multiplied to both the 2's in the bracket.

                              • issecret1
                                issecret1  5 days back

                                It’s not even a math problem. Seems more like a linguistics problem to me

                                • CitrycAcid
                                  CitrycAcid  5 days back


                                  • Drewsta4
                                    Drewsta4  5 days back

                                    Never actually gave the answer though. It’s 16 , why not definitively state it?

                                    • Jibran
                                      Jibran  4 days back

                                      It's 1. First you solve parenthesis, then the rest. Basic maths.

                                  • valentin ursache
                                    valentin ursache  6 days back

                                    I'm curious how NASA calculated in the last 50 years how far stars are...or how many times they calculated wrong trajectory of the rockets or meteors ....

                                    • Angelo Locatelli
                                      Angelo Locatelli  43 minutes back

                                      They were all ex-nazis so Germans and not Americans

                                  • Papapau
                                    Papapau  6 days back

                                    What is this BED? Eversince, i knew PEMDAS. Another divide.

                                    • Rawdah Abdirizak
                                      Rawdah Abdirizak  6 days back

                                      8:2(2+2)= 8:2(4)=4*4=16

                                      • Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan

                                        According to DMAS, the brackets are solved first, that would be 8/2 (4)=4(4)=16

                                        • philip bucher
                                          philip bucher  3 days back

                                          @Lucas James everywhere in the world the result is 1
                                          forget that : that is kindergarten style

                                        • Lucas James
                                          Lucas James  4 days back

                                          In Europe multiplication comes before division so it's 1 here

                                      • Fausta Castaneda
                                        Fausta Castaneda  1 weeks back

                                        16. Only social media idiots would argue otherwise. That's why they're on social media.

                                        • TheFangirl13
                                          TheFangirl13  1 weeks back

                                          8/8= 1

                                          • TheFangirl13
                                            TheFangirl13  3 days back

                                            @Alba G I was taught to expand the brackets first, 2(2+2) = 2x2 + 2x2

                                          • Alba G
                                            Alba G  4 days back

                                            What, no
                                            You first solve what's INSIDE the braket

                                          • TheFangirl13
                                            TheFangirl13  1 weeks back

                                            Its not just BEDMAS but also expanding brackets

                                        • cyber taste
                                          cyber taste  1 weeks back

                                          The answer is 16 :\

                                          • Narah
                                            Narah  1 weeks back

                                            Pemdas? Guys??????

                                            • Faisel Moh'd Muktar
                                              Faisel Moh'd Muktar  1 weeks back

                                              Only those who work on programming language would understand why that Math expression went that viral.

                                              • Jezze
                                                Jezze  4 days back

                                                No, I don't...

                                            • Blessed
                                              Blessed  1 weeks back

                                              You more likely to get a job driving around then stationary.
                                              Blame uber not the drivers.

                                              • Lala Laiq
                                                Lala Laiq  1 weeks back

                                                When it says let's say, 2 (4), it means 2×4. When there is 1 number in a bracket, you dont solve it as if it's a bracket. You consider it being multiplied.

                                                So, 8÷2(2+2) is
                                                Then we solve the brackets, (2+2)= 4

                                                And then we multiply, 4(4)=16

                                                • Karajorma
                                                  Karajorma  1 weeks back

                                                  Suppose you have the equations x = a/bc and you also know c = d+e. If you believe the answer is 1, you can substitute for c and end up with x = a/b(d+e). If you believe the answer is 16 you can't. The act of substituting for c changes the result. You end up with two equations which should be equivalent but aren't. Maybe I'm missing something, but that doesn't sound right to me. You shouldn't be able to break algebra that easily!

                                              • InJo Kael
                                                InJo Kael  1 weeks back

                                                can we have uber for uber

                                                • Captain Phasma II
                                                  Captain Phasma II  2 weeks back


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                                                    • Kamal Aulakh
                                                      Kamal Aulakh  2 weeks back

                                                      8÷2*4 is not same as 8÷2(4). You always solve for Bracket/Parranethesis first. No Matter what system you are using(i.e BODMAS, PEMDAS).

                                                      A Bracket/Parranethesis is not considered solved unless you eliminate it from the equation. It's is not eliminated by simply Replacing it with a × sigh. It is eliminated by performing the action. In this case 2(4) = 8.

                                                      • Raven Bloodrose
                                                        Raven Bloodrose  2 weeks back

                                                        you do the brackets first, 2+2=4 then you do the 8 divided by 2 which is 4 and you multiply the 4 from the first half with the 4 from the half in the brackets giving you 16... that's how i was taught it

                                                        • Reshy Tube
                                                          Reshy Tube  2 weeks back

                                                          Leave the answer below, No cheating please!

                                                        • Farxiya Abdilaahi
                                                          Farxiya Abdilaahi  2 weeks back

                                                          Talk about Somalia and how it is now cualivalied the world cup

                                                          • shawnwyr
                                                            shawnwyr  2 weeks back

                                                            Just use a calculator.

                                                            • Mo n
                                                              Mo n  2 weeks back

                                                              My illegitimate child can find my address but not uber 🤣

                                                              • magnum357225
                                                                magnum357225  2 weeks back

                                                                the problem is not defining the corect symbol in front of the brackets 8÷2×(2+2) or 8÷2÷(2+2) and from that it would depend will it be 1 or 16

                                                                • Sean Cao
                                                                  Sean Cao  2 weeks back

                                                                  Unless the rule of Mathematics change in the last 8 years, 2(2+2) is always treated as 2×(2+2)

                                                              • Eirik Olsnes
                                                                Eirik Olsnes  2 weeks back

                                                                Depends what programming language you are using :)

                                                                • uildanach2010
                                                                  uildanach2010  2 weeks back

                                                                  The answer is 1. There is no other way to resolve that. You always resolve any fractions, parenthesis etc. Each side of the main equation before resolving it.

                                                                  • Exotic Chaotic
                                                                    Exotic Chaotic  2 weeks back

                                                                    Isn’t the brackets just the simplification of the original equation? So the answer is 4? Im probably wrong but meh.

                                                                    • Kristofer Quem?
                                                                      Kristofer Quem?  2 weeks back

                                                                      Brackets show what you should do first, or give priority to a part of an equation.
                                                                      For example: 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2)
                                                                      In this example, you have to do 2 + 2 first, then the rest from the order of left to right.
                                                                      That is:
                                                                      8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) =
                                                                      8 ÷ 2 • 4 =
                                                                      4 • 4 = 16.

                                                                      Edit: Gramatical errors.

                                                                  • Jack King
                                                                    Jack King  2 weeks back

                                                                    It's 1 how is it 16

                                                                    So I understand how people can get 16 but the thing is in mathematics you can just put it in a calculator and get the answer it's step by step. When you put it in a calculator in whole it will divide 8 with 2 first before timing it with 4. The proper way is to times the 2 with 4 first because 2(n) is 2 times (n) since it should be split from divide beforehand.

                                                                    • Kristina Koleva
                                                                      Kristina Koleva  2 weeks back

                                                                      ...does no one knows math order?! First you multiply,then you divide..It's 1

                                                                      • Rahul Mondal
                                                                        Rahul Mondal  2 weeks back

                                                                        Nope.... Division and multipilication dont have orders same as addition n subtraction