# This mathematical problem is driving internet users insane

Are you good at maths? If so, this maths question is going to make you seriously doubt your ability.

Try to solve the following question...

**6/2 (1+2)**

This seemingly simple mathematical question is driving internet users crazy on social media. The calculation seems easy but **not everyone can get ****the right answer**. Can you answer the question correctly? Presh Talwalkar explained:

This problem went viral after a study found 60 per cent of 20 somethings could get the correct answer, down from a rate of 90 per cent in the 1980s.

Many participants quickly got an **answer of 1 but this isn't the right answer**! How do you solve this mathematical problem, then?

Well, you have to think back to your school days in order to answer the question. Here's the method that'll give you the correct result.

## Don't forget about this mathematical rule

You firstly need to add the numbers in brackets (1+2). This leaves you with 6/2x3. Then, you need to divide 6/2 then there aren't any divisions or multiplications left in the question and all you've got to do is resolve the question from left to right.

The answer, therefore, is 3x3 and so is 9!

In mathematics, the order of operations is a collection of rules that define which procedures to perform first in order to evaluate a given mathematical expression.