# Viral Math Problem: 1 or 9? What’s your answer to the question that split Twitter?

Viral math problem: The internet has a knack for throwing up seemingly simple yet intriguing challenges every now and then. Is it the “What color is the dress – blue, black or white gold”? or “What are you hearing on the audio – Yanny or Laurel?” There were some absolute brain teasers that left us puzzling.

The latest question to seem to have found support in two opposing schools of thought on Twitter is the seemingly innocuous arithmetic question – “6÷2(1+2) =?

There are basically two schools of thought – both involve some form of BoDMAS rule computation that involves sequential solving –
step 1) bracket,
Step 2) From (to the power of or indices),
step 3) division,
Step 4) multiplication,
Step 5) Add and finally
Step 6) Subtraction)

Answer 1:: The one common answer found in the thread is “1”. They come up with an answer by first solving inside the parentheses —
6÷2(1+2) = ?
Step 1: Solve inside the brackets (1+2) = 3, then multiply;
Step 2: 2(3) or (2×3) = 6; then divide the numerator and denominator to get one as the answer;
Step 3: 6÷6 = 1.