# Can you solve this simple math problem that's stumping the internet?

8:46 AM EST, January 20, 2024

To exercise our brain, mathematical operations are ideally suited. Even those brief ones, seemingly unsophisticated, can aid in mental training. A simple task of elementary school level recently stumped internet users, with many offering the incorrect solution.

## Are you proficient in math? Provide the correct solution

Division, addition, operations in brackets, multiplication—these are some fundamental arithmetic operations. However, if we don't remember the correct order of calculations, we might encounter problems, even with such simple operations. This issue came up with the following equation. Many argued over its correct result. It's a task anyone who has completed elementary school should be able to solve, highlighting the importance of revisiting knowledge periodically.

The equation to solve is **8:2(2+2)=? **Regrettably, many repeatedly make the same error, neglecting the basic rules governing arithmetic. Let's dissect the equation together, step by step.

Notably, no sign exists between the two preceding the bracket. But let's first perform the operation within the bracket—its result is **4**. Substitute this value in, and disregard the bracket.

**8:2x4=?**

Where did the multiplication sign come from? We must recall that numbers separated by a bracket are multiplied together without an intervening sign. Now that we are only left with division and multiplication proceed "from left to right."

**4x4=16**

Did you solve it correctly? Did you recall all the mathematical principles and the order of operations?