# Outsmart the feared math equation: Rediscovering logical thinking skills for adults

3:13 PM EST, January 2, 2024

Most people seldom dedicate their time to **calculations**, often associating them with unpleasant memories. School years were certainly not **easy**, and if you did not enjoy equations then, why would you want to **solve** them today? The answer is simple - for the nourishment of your brain and the enhancement of **logical** thinking.

## Solving the equation: Tips and Tricks

Remember that this task only seems intimidating. In reality, it's a concept taken from a primary school textbook, and children usually solve it without hesitation. What leads to such immense **resistance** amongst adults then? Over time, unused **knowledge**, particularly in the field of mathematics, fades away. Although this subject is inherently challenging, it does operate with specific **rules**. Understanding these rules ensures you will never provide an incorrect answer, while also allowing calculations to go ** quickly**.

If you don't recall any mathematical rules, there's no need for **worry** or embarrassment. After all, nobody expects you to know everything. It often takes only a few **seconds **for the equation to turn quite simple. Instead of reaching for your calculator, it may be better to grab a **sheet** of paper and a pen. Writing down the operation by hand helps retain the **scheme** of action and serves as an effective brain workout.

## Starting the Calculations

It is important to stay calm, as anxiety won't aid in solving the equation. We often attach too much emotion to **mathematical** tasks, leading us to feel overwhelmed. There is no room for emotions in mathematics – knowledge of the rules and cold, hard **logic** are your only lifelines. If you're tempted to start with division, stop. As per the **correct order** of operation execution, the parentheses must be prioritized in this equation.

Everybody can manage **addition**, and after getting the result, it is recommended to rewrite the operation: 48 ÷ 2 (12). Now it surely looks more approachable, and if you're tempted to start with the parentheses again, you're about to make a significant **mistake**. Note that there's a multiplication sign between the two and twelve. Writing "48 ÷ 2 x 12" aids in counting. The next operation in this **equation **should be division, following the rules.

With the division done, you can help yourself with a calculator or calculate quickly in your head. The result is **24.** If your result differs, you should re-check it. All that remains now is **multiplication**, which is "24 x 12". A calculator will also come in handy here, and the correct **answer** for this operation is 288. Any other result (such as 2) represents a glaring **mistake**.