Everyone Seems To Be Struggling To Find The Answer To This One

It seems as if almost everyone enjoys doing a puzzle. Of course, the type of puzzle that they enjoy may differ from one person to another. For some, it may be a jigsaw puzzle that is laid out on a table and they try to find a piece or two when they have a moment to pass by. For others, it may be the crossword puzzle in the New York Times or perhaps sudoku. Puzzles, such as those have the ability to sharpen the mind and to fill some spare moments that we may have during the day. People do them for a variety of reasons but most people do them because they are fun.

One of the types of puzzles that you may appreciate is a math puzzle. Math may not be a subject that everybody appreciates but when it comes in the form of a puzzle, it becomes an actual challenge. Math has the ability to stump many of us because there is a specific way that it needs to be done. Most of us tend to think of it literally and we work from left to right but there are rules in place that may make you do it differently. You may remember some of those rules from when you were in school.

Look at the puzzle below and see if you can get the answer. Then scroll down and see if you got the answer correct. You will be surprised to know that it seems to be easy but most people are having a hard time getting it right.

I want you to think hard about it and write it down if you have to. Look down below at the actual answer once you think you have it correct.

I’m going to warn you that once you see the answer, you can’t un-see it. It would be a major spoiler if you were to look at the answer before you try to figure the quiz out for yourself.

Are you ready?

The answer is 30! How do we know?

Because we would use the acronym, PEMDAS, which means you would do the math in this way:

parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction. You would also do the multiplication before you did the addition.

Here is another way to look at the equation:

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 11 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 11 + (1 x 0) + 1

= 29 + 0 + 1

= 30

How did you do?