Here’s The Viral IQ Test That Only 1 In 1,000 Are Getting Correct

For this tricky problem you’ll need to think outside of the box! It may look like a simple addition problem at first, but there’s more than meets the eye with this math riddle.

Even though there’s usually one right answer for math problems, two common solutions are causing a heated debate all over the world. Let’s see if you can get it right!

So take your time and get out your pencil and paper. The solution will either hit you like a ton of bricks, or you’ll be left scratching your head. Once you think you have the solution, or you’re just about ready to give up, scroll down to see the correct answer!math-problem

Here’s the first solution to the problem that’s stumping the Internet world:

To begin with, most people will agree that 1 + 4 = 5.

Then you’ll move onto the next line, where you’ll add 2 + 5 to the sum of 5 in the equation above. That gives you the answer of 12.

On the following line, you’ll apply the same type of process. 3 + 6 = 9, then add the 9 to the sum in the equation above (12) to get the total of 21.

Finally, take the 8 + 11 in the last equation, which equals 19, and add it to the sum of the previous problem (21). That should give you a grand total, of 40!

Despite the widely accepted notion that 40 is the correct answer, there’s also a case to be made if you came up with 96 as the final total.

The second solution models itself after the equation: a + b = a + a(b).

Let’s dive in deeper:

Obviously, 1 + 4 = 5. But you could also reach 5 by adding 1 to 4 times 1.

With the second line, 2 + 2(5) = 12. This is the sum also listed in the equation above.

Moving on, 3 + 3(6) = 21. Once again, that’s the answer in the picture.

So to find the final solution using this method, you’ll add 8 to 8 times 11 to get 96.

Most of the population comes up with 96 for the answer, but what about you? Let the world know if you got one of these answers, or something else altogether, in the Facebook comments section

If those explanations were still a bit confusing, watch this helpful video to ease your mind!

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40% Of People Get This Wrong. Can You Figure Out This Viral Math Problem?

This math problem from Japan has been circling the Internet lately, and sadly, many people cannot get it right. It just goes to show that we shouldn’t be so dependent on calculators for everything. With one on every cell phone, it’s no wonder that most people don’t even attempt to solve math problems with out electronic help.

If you take the time to look at the problem, you’ll see that it’s not that difficult. Can you get it right? Think back to your days in elementary school math. Did you learn about the order of operations, or PEMDAS?

If you can remember that, then you will be able to easily solve this equation. Here’s a hint: PEMDAS = 1. Parentheses, 2. Exponents, 3. Multiplication/Division, 4. Addition/Subtraction.

Go ahead and give it a go! If you get it right, you’ll get +25 points. Share with your family and friends and test their math skills.


Parents Are Stumped By THIS First Grade Math Problem. Can You Solve It?

So if you imagine math homework to be the multiplication tables from back in the day, think again.

Proponents of the program say that presenting math this way helps students understand the concepts better and in a more in-depth way than rote memorization, and that the methods make math more accessible for different styles of learning.

Opponents, though, say it’s too convoluted and abstract, especially for younger students, and does more to confuse than to educate.

Others point out that a national standard doesn’t help with cultural issues in different schools, and some have even complained about its lack of computer science material — a subject that kids today need to learn.

But more immediately, many parents are finding that because it doesn’t mesh with how they were taught math, they can no longer help their kids with math homework! Check out some of the examples below. Can you solve them? If you can’t, don’t worry. We’ll show you how!

Problem #1: How Many Marbles?kids

This problem goes like this:

  • Grace has 10 fewer marbles than Paul.
  • Grace has 5 more marbles than Meghan.
  • Paul gives 4 marbles to Meghan.
  • Grace gives another 6 marbles to Meghan.
  • Meghan now has 13 marbles.

How many marbles did everyone start out with?

Okay, so this one seems a little daunting. You might be trying to start at the beginning and work down, but that’s where the trick to this problem is… Just because the information is in a certain order doesn’t mean that it’s the order you solve it in.


The trick here is starting with the number you definitely know. In this case, it’s that Meghan has 13 marbles.

The rest of the information is all “more than” or “less than” statements, but no actual numbers. So if we start with the 13 and work backwards, the rest fall into place.


Before she had 13 marbles, Grace gave her 6 more. Before that, Paul gave her 4. By working backwards from 13, and subtracting 6 and then 4, we end up with 3, the number of marbles Meghan started with.


Now we know that Meghan had 3 marbles, Grace had 5 more than she did, and Paul had 10 more than Grace.

We add 5 to Meghan’s original amount of marbles, and 10 to Grace’s original amount, and get 8 and 18. The solution, then, is that Meghan had 3 marbles, Grace had 8 marbles, and Paul had 18 marbles.

The problem is set up in such a way to force students to think about how to arrange out-of-order data into something they can use.

It’s a real-world skill, but some parents think it’s too complex for young children. And in case you were wondering, this problem was designed for first-graders.