# Unraveling the simple math riddle that keeps puzzle lovers up at night. Is your solution correct?

2:43 PM EST, December 13, 2023

Take a look at the associated picture. Think you've figured out the **solution**? Many might insist they have, but is their solution correct? Mathematics is the **queen of sciences**, and it can lead to intense frustration. **Logical** thinking and following set rules is, surprisingly, not everyone's cup of tea.

## The riddle of mathematics

We all learned **arithmetic** in school, but it didn't come easily to everyone. That's completely **normal**; we don't need to know everything. However, math operations are often part of elementary school **tests**, and they help children understand the order in which operations should be performed.

At first glance, the above equation looks **simple**, but the multiplication symbol complicates things. There's no need to panic or get discouraged, though. You just need to **remember** the order of operations, and you'll be able to find the correct result.

## How to solve the puzzle?

If multiplication is causing confusion, let's start there. Operational rules clearly specify the **order of resolution**, ensuring a correct solution and avoiding wasted time on miscalculations. You usually start with brackets, then proceed to multiplication, division, and finally, addition and subtraction. Let's unravel this riddle by beginning with multiplication, specifically 1 x 0.

If your result is 1, it might be a good idea to revisit your elementary math lessons. Multiplication by zero **always equals zero**, even when two zeros are multiplied together. Does the equation look simpler now? If it does, all that's left is to plug in 0 into the equation: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 0 + 1+ 1 + 1 + 1.

## What's the solution?

Have you figured out the solution yet? If you're counting on your fingers, you should slowly find that the **correct **result is the number 9. So, why is this puzzle so tricky? It's designed to **confuse **our brains while simultaneously testing our school-learned knowledge. The **problem** lies in the order of operations and the curveball thrown by the multiplication by 0, which stumps many.

However, don't lose heart. Regular practice and remembering a few key rules can turn anyone into a **puzzle master**. Frequent problem-solving exercises will help keep your brain in **top shape**.