## Saturday, April 23, 2016

### 2 answers to a Mathematics question leave many dumbfounded

By stephluo@sph.com.sg, SPH DIGITAL NEWS, Friday, 22 April 2016

PHOTO: What does 8+11 equal to?
Photo: Randall Jones' Facebook on Monday

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What does 8+11 equal to?

Without thinking too hard, almost everyone can give a straightforward answer that it is 19, right? Well, not quite.

A mathematics question recently posted on Facebook has left many confused.

The post by Randall Jones on Monday (April 18) shows four sets of equations, with the first being "1+4=5" and the last being "8+11=?".

Can you solve the mathematics question below?

PHOTO: So what is your answer? How many times did you have to try? How long did you take to solve it?
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Apparently, there are two methods to solving this question.
Firstly, if you interpret the equations and see them as a run-on from the previous, the sum on the right is added to the equation in the next line.

1+4=5
5+2+5=12
12+3+6=21

Using this method, 21+8+11 would equal 40.

And what about the other method?

Simply use multiplication. For every line, if you multiply the second number by the first number before adding the two, you will notice a pattern.

1+(4×1)=5
2+(5×2)=12
3+(6×3)=21

Using this method, the answer to 8+(8×11) is 96.

Jones' post has garnered one million comments. It has also sparked over 138,000 reactions and shared almost 45,000 times.

As to which is the correct answer, it was a general consensus by commenters that both 40 and 96 are accurate.

PHOTO: As to which is the correct answer, it was a general consensus by commenters that both 40 and 96 are accurate.
There is an incredible amount of stress involved for parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, and of course students.
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