Tips&TricksUnraveling the mystery of a math riddle: It's easier than it seems

Unraveling the mystery of a math riddle: It's easier than it seems

This mathematical puzzle divides people.
This mathematical puzzle divides people.
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6:25 AM EST, February 11, 2024

Mathematics isn't always straightforward and it often presents many challenges. Few people are adept in equations, puzzles, and riddles, but no special skills are required. Many believe that if they don't excel at math in school, it's best not to solve problems, as they'll likely get them wrong. Such a mindset doesn't aid the situation but instead creates unnecessary stress. This riddle won't lead to disputes if you know how to tackle it effectively. So, where to begin?

Can a mathematical riddle have two solutions?

Regrettably, there can't be two results in mathematics, only one. There's no room for free discussion here. Many dismiss that the realm of numbers is based on cold calculation and logic, so any tension or needless quarrels over the result of the equation will surely not be constructive. All that's required is stimulating your brain to work, which isn't so straightforward if you don't often solve mathematical riddles. So, how do you cope with this task?

Begin by examining the numbers in the image, particularly the mathematical signs. Adding to the complexity of the equation is a bracket, which may seem daunting. A common question is whether one should start calculations from the bracket or from the two standing in front of it. Posing such inquiries is an excellent start to solving this mathematical conundrum, but sadly, guesswork doesn't apply in this realm. When addressing all math puzzles, we must follow specific rules (similar to games), enabling us to always secure the correct result without major hurdles.

How can one go about solving this riddle?

Most daring individuals in search of the correct answer often complicate their lives unnecessarily. They squander their time and energy on pointless calculations. These are usually incorrect and only confuse. Furthermore, internet mathematicians dispute the result, which often deviates from the correct one. Why is this riddle so challenging? It all boils down to adhering to the correct order of operations which not everyone remembers. It would be beneficial to first recall these rules.

You are on the right track if you intend to start with the bracket. Brackets take precedence over other mathematical operations. As a result, our initial intriguing equation modifies to "1 + 2 • 3", which encourages further calculations. Doubtlessly, you have no uncertainty about what operation comes next; naturally, it's multiplication. Many may wonder about its origin but, if there's no sign between the number and the bracket, a multiplication sign is inferred. Now, you're bound to produce the correct result, which is the number 7. See? This mathematical riddle wasn't difficult at all.

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