Do you experience the effects of mathemaphobia?

In the 1950’s this term was dubbed by Mary Fides Gough referring to an anxiety towards mathematics.

Sufferers encounter feeling of worry when presented with math issues, some even report to experience panic attacks.

Mathemaphobia locks you into an endless loop.

Avoiding math issues, won’t enhance your abilities, which in return leads to further avoidance.

Perhaps its a reason why numerous youngsters avoid math at school including when they are grown-ups.

#### Can you solve this problem?

On the off chance that this sounds familiar, you might need to prepare yourself before attempting the most popular math equation that has been circulating online.

Although the problem does not appear too difficult you may be surprised at the correct answer.

**Here’s the equation:**

**6 ÷ 2 (1+2) =**

If you came up with an answer of 0, 1, 3, or 6, you are not on your own.

Online users have have argues about the best way to solve the problem.

However, many of them are in fact wrong as many of you may be surprised to learn the correct answer is actually **9.**

**How come the answer is 9?**

Once you solve an equation like the one above, remember an acronym: **PEMDAS/BODMAS**. This approach to equations is currently being taught in schools.

**This acronym stands for:**

**P**arenthesis/**B**rackets

**E**xponents/**O**rders

**M**ultiplication-**D**ivision

**A**ddition-**S**ubtraction

**PEMDAS/BODMAS** explains the steps you need to take when breaking down an equation.

It is sometimes referred to as the “order of operations.” It applies to all equations, not just this example.

To solve this equation, you need to take the following steps:

**Firstly**, you need to solve the problem inside the brackets. In this case, it is “1+2,” which yields “3.”

This changes the equation to “6 ÷ 2 (3).”

**Then**, you need to convert the “2 (3)” into “2 x 3,” because the “Exponents/Orders” part of PEMBAS/BODMAS demands that you remove the brackets, leaving behind an order.

In this case, the order is multiplication.

**Next**, you need to move onto the “Multiplication-Division” part of the acronym. In the equation “6 ÷ 2 x 3,” you need to carry out both.

A key rule to remember here: If you need to carry out both types of operation when solving an equation, you need to move left to right.

**Therefore**, you first need to address “6 ÷ 2,” which equals 3. This yields “3 x 3,” which equals 9.

**But there actuallly is another answer?**

Presh Talwalkar, creator of MindYourDecisions channel on YouTube, outlines the steps above in a video he has created.

Modern mathematicians argues that the answer is 9, an argument shows the correct answer is in fact 1, according to Presh.

In the early 20th century, the order of operations, as expressed by the PEMBAS/BODMAS acronym, was a little different.

Older mathematicians would not divide 6 by 2 and then multiple it by 3, outlined in Step 3 above.

Instead, they would divide 6 by 6, because they would multiply the 2 x 3 first.

6 divided by 6 = 1, so according to this method, the correct answer to the equation would be 1. So why are most people not able to solve the equation?

If you struggled with this problem, you’ll be relieved to learn that most other people also find it difficult.

Many of us are taught how to solve equations in school, but we quickly forget how to apply the rules once we graduate.

After all, we don’t need to apply the PEMBAS/BODMAS method in our everyday lives as it’s a case of “use it or lose it.”

Google is an easy solution to almost any math problem these days, so there is no incentive to brush up on our skills.

How can you improve your mathematical abilities? Like any other skill, you need to practice math if you want to get better.

Thankfully, the internet has made it easy to find and practice problems, Math.com offers worksheets that teach basic, intermediate, or advanced skills.

Take a look at the video below to see how to solve the equation.

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