We posted a math problem this past weekend on the official Do You Remember? page, which sparked an uproar of comments and many different answers. The 8th math question was: 50 + 50 – 25 x 0 + 2 + 2 = ? An official update to the post revealed that the correct answer seemed to be 104 from many certified math teachers and now we finally have the backup we need to support this answer!
This most helpful tool for finding the answer of 104 is by using PEMDAS. Ring a bell? You probably learned it in grade school mathematics! PEMDAS is also known as the order of operations, otherwise known as, the order in which you calculate a mathematical problem. The photo below gives you a clear idea of how PEMDAS works for math problems!
PEMDAS = Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction
There were several answers ranging from 79 to 4. A great try to everyone out there who participated in the tricky math problem (even I couldn’t do it in my head)! Here, we’ll explain the math problem using PEMDAS and explain how we come out with the answer, 104, as provided to us by math professionals.
Ok so there seems to be a lot of differentiating opinion here. If you are a mathematician, former math teacher or anyone…
1. You first do what’s in the parentheses (in this situation, there are none)
2. Second, exponents (again, there are none)
3. Third, any multiplication or division (whichever comes first) from left to right (-25 x 0 =0)
4. You now have 50+50-0+2+2
5. Fourth, you do addition and subtraction from left to right, 50+50 = 100
6. Now you have 100-0+2+2
7. This gives you 104
Math problems can cause quite a stir as it is. With things like the Pythagorean Theorem and other weird formulas being taught in schools, it’s easy to forget how to do problems like this one! They definitely aren’t easy, so we hope they helped you all with future math problems on our page!
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