A Simple Math Problem Causes Viral Online Debate | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

  • Published on Aug 8, 2019
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  • Divya Kirthi
    Divya Kirthi 3 minutes ago


  • Ahnaaf Arik
    Ahnaaf Arik 2 hours ago

    IT'S 16 WITH THE BODMAS (Bracket Over Division Multiplication Addition Subtraction) METHOD.
    8/2(2+2) ||| (2+2) to (4) The number in brackets is equal to multiplication
    2. 8/2 = 4 3. 4(4) = 4x4 so 4(4) is equal to 16.
    Answer 16
    Obviously not 1

  • Rayzersword
    Rayzersword 8 hours ago

    In terms of order of operations addition and subtraction can be switched it gives the same result but the same is not true of division and multiplication all divisions must be completed before multiplication anyone who got a result of 1 incorrectly did a multiplication before division.

  • Rayzersword
    Rayzersword 9 hours ago

    Its pedmas or bedmas you ignoramus' parentheses (or brackets) exponents (none in this equation) division mutiplication addition subtraction so basically do the dmas part inside the brackets then outside the brackets and multiply the two results this is like fucking extremely simple if you are getting anything other than 16 please go the fuck back to grade school whatever job you have you dont deserve it at all lol.

  • Anton Dereke
    Anton Dereke 17 hours ago +1

    12? dumbass

  • Owen wandy
    Owen wandy Day ago

    Using BODMAS Answers is 16.

  • Vasco Apolonio
    Vasco Apolonio Day ago

    Hoe racist is the Usa??? Damned Evil Regime.

  • Vasco Apolonio
    Vasco Apolonio Day ago

    You cant divide one stupid idea with yourself. You get the whole stupidity of that idea... You morons...!!!

  • Vasco Apolonio
    Vasco Apolonio Day ago

    First you need to simplify the second part of the equation (in comas). 2 plus 2 is 4. Then you multiplie 2 by 4, wich is 8.
    Then, the same number divided by itself is... Go learn. Im not your teatcher...

  • Dan
    Dan 2 days ago

    okay wait I predict 16 before I read any comments or see any answers.

  • dennis kasirimo
    dennis kasirimo 2 days ago

    All of you are wrong its 6 after opening the brackects division comes first and the equation becomes 8/4+4=6 BODMAS

  • Evenso Ndlovu
    Evenso Ndlovu 2 days ago +2

    Many people quote BODMAS rule but they don't actually know how to use it.

  • poor man with no subscribers

    They don't know the basic method

  • AjvarD
    AjvarD 3 days ago

    You brought equation problem and did not solve it?

  • Vikram Singh
    Vikram Singh 3 days ago

    It's 16 because of bodmas

  • Mathilde Pozzi
    Mathilde Pozzi 3 days ago

    In italy that equation gives 1 as a results, don't know what you guys have been thought

  • Junior Usina
    Junior Usina 3 days ago

    Is Trump’s fault

  • Aaditya Aggarwal
    Aaditya Aggarwal 3 days ago

    No wonder we have more cars on the road than needed when half the ppl are giving an answer 16 times the correct one!

    • Michael Eppler
      Michael Eppler Day ago

      You know what's really funny? The fact that the correct answer is 16. It's 8:2(2+2). Which ist the same as 8:2*(2+2). You Start with the one in brackets: 8:2*4. Than you obviously continue with 8:2 which is 4 and leaves you with 4*4 which is 16. Feeling bad already? It's funny 'cause the people forgetting that the stuff in brackets comes first actually get the right answer.

  • lsamoa
    lsamoa 4 days ago

    The only accurate answer to that math problem is "problem incorrectly stated". Whether the bracket is dividing or multiplying number 8 is unclear as the wrong division sign is used. There's no place for such ambiguity in math. You need to us / and then add a * before the bracket if the answer is supposed to be 16, or just use / if the answer is supposed to be 1. But never ÷ in any math problem statement involving more than two numbers. Basic stuff.

  • Sunday Lee
    Sunday Lee 5 days ago


  • Muhammad
    Muhammad 5 days ago +13

    According to the majority, it's 16.
    According to what people say here, it's 1.
    Because in 8÷2(2+2) you do the brackets first. Which gives 8÷2(4). Then, you multiply 2 with 4 because of the brackets which gives 8÷8. When is 1.
    Edit: BODMAS starts with Brackets and that means Brackets go first
    And what I was taught is that although brackets do the same thing as multiplication, they aren't the same because brackets go first.

    • Luthfa Begum
      Luthfa Begum 2 days ago

      Muhammad that’s how I do mine

    • Shan B
      Shan B 2 days ago +1

      @dennis kasirimo answer is 16, you are not supposed to expand the brackets, it's not algebra. Even if you did you expanded wrong since its 8÷2(2+2) and not 8+2(2=2) so the real expansion you would have to do the 8/2 first so its 4(2+2), 8+8=16 but even then you aren't supposed to expand the brackets as its not valid in this scenario because of BIDMAS or PEMDAS whichever order of operations you use.

    • dennis kasirimo
      dennis kasirimo 2 days ago +1

      The answer is 6 division comes first after opening the bracket it becomes 8/4+4=6

    • Anuj Chitale
      Anuj Chitale 3 days ago

      @Lo Kä Oh.

  • Cristopher Apoyon
    Cristopher Apoyon 5 days ago

    8÷2(2+2)=1 in case you didn't know

  • badguy blah
    badguy blah 5 days ago +5

    It's 1... Has no one heard of bodmas in US?

  • Ragib Ahmed Siddique

    the ans is only 1

  • Hyper Striker
    Hyper Striker 5 days ago +3

    First is (2+2) = 4
    Second 8 ÷ 2 = 4
    Third is 4 x 4 = 16

    • Hyper Striker
      Hyper Striker 2 days ago

      Have heard of PEMDAS?

    • Hyper Striker
      Hyper Striker 2 days ago

      The Parenthesis just prioritize the equation in it

    • Evenso Ndlovu
      Evenso Ndlovu 2 days ago

      That first operation doesn't actually remove the bracket, it merely solves the contents. To remove the bracket, you have to then say 2(4) = 8. You're then left with 8/8= 1.

  • Danny Anderson
    Danny Anderson 5 days ago +1

    Without BEDMAS, its 16.With BEDMAS its 1

  • Alba G
    Alba G 6 days ago +1

    So like I'm not American and I havent been taught with bedmas or whatever
    Just brakets, then divisions and multiplicacions from left to right and then adding and substracting from left to right
    If you have 1x2/2 yo do 1x2 first, if you have 1/2x2 you do 1/2 first
    So 8/2(2+2) its obviously 16
    I don't get why theres debate

    • Jay Ryze
      Jay Ryze 5 days ago

      either youre trolling, or you really dont know the answer:
      Since there is nothing between the 2 and the bracket you have to add a multiplication sign changing the problem to:
      this turns out to be 8/8=1
      The 2* has to be multiplied to both the 2's in the bracket.

  • issecret1
    issecret1 6 days ago

    It’s not even a math problem. Seems more like a linguistics problem to me

  • CitrycAcid
    CitrycAcid 6 days ago


  • Drewsta4
    Drewsta4 7 days ago +1

    Never actually gave the answer though. It’s 16 , why not definitively state it?

    • Jibran
      Jibran 5 days ago +2

      It's 1. First you solve parenthesis, then the rest. Basic maths.

  • valentin ursache
    valentin ursache 7 days ago +8

    I'm curious how NASA calculated in the last 50 years how far stars are...or how many times they calculated wrong trajectory of the rockets or meteors ....

  • Papapau
    Papapau 7 days ago

    What is this BED? Eversince, i knew PEMDAS. Another divide.

  • Rawdah Abdirizak
    Rawdah Abdirizak 7 days ago +1

    8:2(2+2)= 8:2(4)=4*4=16

  • Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan

    According to DMAS, the brackets are solved first, that would be 8/2 (4)=4(4)=16

    • philip bucher
      philip bucher 4 days ago

      @Lucas James everywhere in the world the result is 1
      forget that : that is kindergarten style

    • Lucas James
      Lucas James 5 days ago +1

      In Europe multiplication comes before division so it's 1 here

  • Fausta Castaneda
    Fausta Castaneda 8 days ago +1

    16. Only social media idiots would argue otherwise. That's why they're on social media.

  • TheFangirl13
    TheFangirl13 9 days ago

    8/8= 1

    • TheFangirl13
      TheFangirl13 4 days ago

      @Alba G I was taught to expand the brackets first, 2(2+2) = 2x2 + 2x2

    • Alba G
      Alba G 5 days ago

      What, no
      You first solve what's INSIDE the braket

    • TheFangirl13
      TheFangirl13 9 days ago

      Its not just BEDMAS but also expanding brackets

  • cyber taste
    cyber taste 9 days ago

    The answer is 16 :\

  • Narah
    Narah 9 days ago

    Pemdas? Guys??????

  • Faisel Moh'd Muktar
    Faisel Moh'd Muktar 10 days ago +1

    Only those who work on programming language would understand why that Math expression went that viral.

    • Jezze
      Jezze 5 days ago

      No, I don't...

  • Blessed
    Blessed 11 days ago +1

    You more likely to get a job driving around then stationary.
    Blame uber not the drivers.

  • Lala Laiq
    Lala Laiq 11 days ago +1

    When it says let's say, 2 (4), it means 2×4. When there is 1 number in a bracket, you dont solve it as if it's a bracket. You consider it being multiplied.
    So, 8÷2(2+2) is
    Then we solve the brackets, (2+2)= 4
    And then we multiply, 4(4)=16

    • Karajorma
      Karajorma 11 days ago

      Suppose you have the equations x = a/bc and you also know c = d+e. If you believe the answer is 1, you can substitute for c and end up with x = a/b(d+e). If you believe the answer is 16 you can't. The act of substituting for c changes the result. You end up with two equations which should be equivalent but aren't. Maybe I'm missing something, but that doesn't sound right to me. You shouldn't be able to break algebra that easily!

  • InJo Kael
    InJo Kael 12 days ago

    can we have uber for uber

  • Captain Phasma II
    Captain Phasma II 12 days ago +5


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    I love you but 13 days ago


  • Kamal Aulakh
    Kamal Aulakh 13 days ago

    8÷2*4 is not same as 8÷2(4). You always solve for Bracket/Parranethesis first. No Matter what system you are using(i.e BODMAS, PEMDAS).
    A Bracket/Parranethesis is not considered solved unless you eliminate it from the equation. It's is not eliminated by simply Replacing it with a × sigh. It is eliminated by performing the action. In this case 2(4) = 8.

  • Raven Bloodrose
    Raven Bloodrose 13 days ago +5

    you do the brackets first, 2+2=4 then you do the 8 divided by 2 which is 4 and you multiply the 4 from the first half with the 4 from the half in the brackets giving you 16... that's how i was taught it

  • Reshy Tube
    Reshy Tube 13 days ago

    Leave the answer below, No cheating please!

  • Farxiya Abdilaahi
    Farxiya Abdilaahi 14 days ago

    Talk about Somalia and how it is now cualivalied the world cup

  • shawnwyr
    shawnwyr 14 days ago +1

    Just use a calculator.

  • Mo n
    Mo n 14 days ago

    My illegitimate child can find my address but not uber 🤣

  • magnum357225
    magnum357225 14 days ago

    the problem is not defining the corect symbol in front of the brackets 8÷2×(2+2) or 8÷2÷(2+2) and from that it would depend will it be 1 or 16

    • Sean Cao
      Sean Cao 13 days ago

      Unless the rule of Mathematics change in the last 8 years, 2(2+2) is always treated as 2×(2+2)

  • Eirik Olsnes
    Eirik Olsnes 14 days ago +3

    Depends what programming language you are using :)

  • uildanach2010
    uildanach2010 14 days ago +3

    The answer is 1. There is no other way to resolve that. You always resolve any fractions, parenthesis etc. Each side of the main equation before resolving it.

  • Exotic Chaotic
    Exotic Chaotic 14 days ago

    Isn’t the brackets just the simplification of the original equation? So the answer is 4? Im probably wrong but meh.

    • Kristofer Quem?
      Kristofer Quem? 12 days ago +1

      Brackets show what you should do first, or give priority to a part of an equation.
      For example: 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2)
      In this example, you have to do 2 + 2 first, then the rest from the order of left to right.
      That is:
      8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) =
      8 ÷ 2 • 4 =
      4 • 4 = 16.
      Edit: Gramatical errors.

  • Jack King
    Jack King 14 days ago +1

    It's 1 how is it 16
    So I understand how people can get 16 but the thing is in mathematics you can just put it in a calculator and get the answer it's step by step. When you put it in a calculator in whole it will divide 8 with 2 first before timing it with 4. The proper way is to times the 2 with 4 first because 2(n) is 2 times (n) since it should be split from divide beforehand.

  • Kristina Koleva
    Kristina Koleva 15 days ago

    ...does no one knows math order?! First you multiply,then you divide..It's 1

    • Rahul Mondal
      Rahul Mondal 14 days ago

      Nope.... Division and multipilication dont have orders same as addition n subtraction

  • Crimson Hades
    Crimson Hades 15 days ago

    The answer is 1.

  • Gungun x
    Gungun x 15 days ago

    its 16

  • Noruane Daileg
    Noruane Daileg 15 days ago +2

    I don't get why this is Even a Matter of debate. It's basically pemdas

  • Hazel Mendes
    Hazel Mendes 15 days ago

    Am I the only one who had to learn BEDMAS for computer, BODMAS for maths and BIDMAS for mental ability problems?