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

  • Published on Aug 8, 2019
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  • Kpop X Anime High
    Kpop X Anime High 8 hours ago

    Even if they aren't sure what the answer is, can't they just confirm it with calculator??.....

  • Slyr 12
    Slyr 12 12 hours ago

    8÷2 (2+2)
    8÷2 (4)
    4 (4)

  • sylvester bonnah
    sylvester bonnah 15 hours ago +1

    Answer is 16 don't @ me

  • X2BProds
    X2BProds 20 hours ago

    why is it so hard, there's no sign in between the bracket and 2
    so therefore its 4

  • Pro Bro & Jo
    Pro Bro & Jo 21 hour ago

    The answer is 16 bcz of order of operations... C'mon ppl

  • Lord Puggles
    Lord Puggles 22 hours ago

    Okay 8÷2(2+2) ->
    *8 ÷ 2 × (4)* The Brackets rule of Bidmas/Bodmas means we will firstly solve what is *inside* the brackets. Any number before the brackets is multiplying the bracket, resulting in the *2 × (4)*
    -> *4 × (4)* The first 4 derives from *8 ÷ 2*. The Bidmas rule shows Division before Multiplication.
    -> *4 × 4 = 16*
    Hope this helps anyone confused by 8÷2(2+2)

  • Alphaツ
    Alphaツ Day ago

    its 16

  • Robert Burton
    Robert Burton Day ago +1

    Just sayin', but MS Excel thinks it's 16 as well! I put into a blank cell: =8/2(2+2) and hit enter. Excel finds a typo and suggests a correction to: =8/2*(2+2) I say I accept that and it calculates the cell to 16.
    It does this because it follows the correct rules:
    1) (2+2) =4 (put that to one side)
    2) 8/2 = 4
    3) Bring back in the answer from the brackets and that leaves us with.... 4*4. Which of course equals? Anyone? Anyone?
    One (1) is defintely NOT the correct answer.

  • Matt Jude Joshua Baquiran

    in the calculator is 0.5

  • RedHotBeast
    RedHotBeast Day ago

    8 ÷ 2 (2 + 2) = 16
    You'll multiply the quotient of 8 ÷ 2 and the sum of 2 + 2. 8 ÷ 2 is 4 and 2 + 2 is 4. 4(4) is 16.

  • MaJa
    MaJa Day ago

    ..... Okay but like uhh I got 6 XD

  • GoProskyla
    GoProskyla Day ago

    The fact that NASA is in the same country with people who are having a serious debate over a math problem for 4th graders makes me understand why flat earthers exist...

  • Nexko Karma
    Nexko Karma Day ago

    The answer is 16.
    To work it out we start with our brackets, 2+2 is 4
    Then we move to division because it comes before multiplication.
    So 8/2 is 4. And lastly we do our multiplication it used to be a 2 but it has become a four because of the division. So 4x4 is 16
    Meaning that 8/2(2+2) in fact equals 16.

  • Omar Sabry
    Omar Sabry Day ago

    Sometimes I feel like I am abnormally intelligent . The answer is 16 btw .

    • Omar Sabry
      Omar Sabry Day ago


    • Omar Sabry
      Omar Sabry Day ago +1

      I kinda got angry from the replies which caused me to delete the comment in rage .
      Edit: So I wrote it again .

  • Richard Pfeifer
    Richard Pfeifer Day ago

    1 is right because if you do it another way its 8:(2x2+2x2) =8:8

    • Terrabade
      Terrabade 22 hours ago

      Follow the BODMAS rule. It’s not.

  • Rowan Lloyd
    Rowan Lloyd Day ago +1

    It's simple order of operations, it simplifies to 8÷2(4) which can also be written as 8÷2×4, now you simply do those operations in linear order and get 16

  • uwu
    uwu Day ago

    What happened to PEMDAS y’all??

  • Noot Noot
    Noot Noot Day ago

    alright so I did some research(typed the equation into my phone's calculator) and 8÷2(2+2) is the same as 8÷2×(2+2) which then turns into 8÷2×4 then 4×4 which turns into 16
    USA crisis averted everyone

  • Westjet 003
    Westjet 003 Day ago


  • I Mazzixx I
    I Mazzixx I Day ago

    minus one that's three quick maths

  • Zodiac Trinity
    Zodiac Trinity Day ago


  • MusicCroc
    MusicCroc Day ago

    This is the proof that humanity is doomed

  • MisoRamen 925
    MisoRamen 925 Day ago

    Minus one thats 3 quick mafs

  • o7 unknown
    o7 unknown 2 days ago

    There al wrng the sum wasnt to ad 2gether it doesnt say divide then work out nxt sum wich is addition and then add so dnt get any1s answer wth 🤯

  • o7 unknown
    o7 unknown 2 days ago

    🤣🤣🤣the answer is 4🤣🤣🤣

  • Joshua Yuen
    Joshua Yuen 2 days ago

    The way I see and the way it should be done is that whenever u have brackets or parenthesis or whatever u wanna call it first u have to expand it which would lead to 2+2 then multiply 2. This would leave you with 8/8 simple?

  • M S
    M S 2 days ago

    I have to thank america. It makes the rest of us look great

  • Dhruba Barua
    Dhruba Barua 2 days ago +1

    Wtf even 4 year old children outside USA can solve this math problem easily

  • anirudh gopan
    anirudh gopan 2 days ago +1

    I can't believe 58% of the people who polled said it's 16

    • anirudh gopan
      anirudh gopan 4 hours ago

      Wurstbeutel It really depends
      I've been taught to take 8 as the first part and 2(2+2) as the second
      So, it'll be 8/8
      That's 1
      But I can also understand your version too
      It all depends on where the parentheses should be put
      You put it as (8/2) x (2+2)
      But we put it as 8/(2 x (2+2))

    • Wurstbeutel
      Wurstbeutel 4 hours ago

      anirudh gopan its 1 no? Its just (2+2) is solved First Right so 4 then multiplied with the8 from 8:2 and u get 32:2

  • Kasia Nyland
    Kasia Nyland 2 days ago

    Can someone explain to me how they got 1?

  • Shaun
    Shaun 2 days ago +1

    Obviously, the mathematical calculation is trivial. This is a parsing problem: should a/b*c be interpreted to mean (a/b)*c or a/(b*c), where “/“ is the symbol for division? By convention, the former is correct. In the BODMAS mnemonic device, the interpretation is realised through the additional rule that multiplication and division operations must be performed from left to right. The answer to the problem posed in the video is therefore 16.

  • Luke Crawford
    Luke Crawford 2 days ago

    The equation doesn't even make sense there has to be another sign, inbetween the brackets and the 2 ,otherwise it's 4 4 ?

    • Luke Crawford
      Luke Crawford Day ago

      @Mateusz Wojtkiewicz o right, I didn't know that, we'll then the question is easy then it's 16 lol

    • Mateusz Wojtkiewicz
      Mateusz Wojtkiewicz Day ago

      @Luke Crawford no. It's not necessary. If thete's no sign it's always multiplication. The quasion is (8x0.5)x(2+2) and thetefore the answer is 16. It was written like it was so that people who didn't pay attention at school would get confused.

    • Luke Crawford
      Luke Crawford Day ago

      @Mateusz Wojtkiewicz yea between the 2 and the first bracket there has to be another sign so you can add the 4 and 4 up

    • Mateusz Wojtkiewicz
      Mateusz Wojtkiewicz 2 days ago

      It makes perfect sense and no, there doesn't need to be anything between them.

  • Amer snaps
    Amer snaps 2 days ago


  • KronicSplash
    KronicSplash 2 days ago

    Trevor sucks

  • VojvodaVuk
    VojvodaVuk 2 days ago

    Does anybody find this guy funny?

  • Mogi Man
    Mogi Man 2 days ago

    In America you are taught at a young age to do what's in parentheses first then work right to left if the signs are equivalent such as division and multiplication so technically all Americans are taught to come up with the answer sixteen unless they have gained higher education.

  • Niklas0815
    Niklas0815 2 days ago


  • Johan Jarry
    Johan Jarry 2 days ago

    If anyone is still confused by this, just replace the "÷2" by "×0.5"

  • rubbi1977
    rubbi1977 2 days ago

    1 and yeah! fk uber

  • Tobi B
    Tobi B 2 days ago

    Its 16 , calculater is with me ...

  • Brianna The Foolish Marvel Fan

    I got 6 I’m so fucking stupid

  • the_wexican
    the_wexican 2 days ago +1

    The answer is 8

  • ChaoticLifemaker
    ChaoticLifemaker 2 days ago

    I read that problem as 8 divided by, two times 2+2, giving me 1.
    i would usually write that down as

    So the real question is: WTF do you mean by 8/2(2+2)= ???

  • Madsen
    Madsen 2 days ago

    I got it to 8

  • stormgaming
    stormgaming 2 days ago

    The answer is 1 according to pemdas

  • Galaxy Gamer
    Galaxy Gamer 2 days ago


  • TheGamingWolf
    TheGamingWolf 2 days ago

    People are so dumb. It’s 1 people🤦🏼‍♂️

  • Konka Bass
    Konka Bass 2 days ago

    B E D M A S

  • Abdullahi farhan abdi

    In order to answer this eguation use BADMAS , first brackets, then Division ,lastly the multiplication.
    Final answer is 8

  • Stefan Ambrose
    Stefan Ambrose 2 days ago


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    -- 2 days ago

    Googles’ answer is 16

  • Edith G
    Edith G 2 days ago +1

    I got Abram Lincoln for some reason I don’t know ... 😂🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Jesse .W
    Jesse .W 3 days ago

    I'm in grade 7 and my teachers have NOT taught us this yet. We've done order of operations, but not the "brackets next to an equation or other brackets without symbol in between is automatically multiplication". My mom had to teach me that.

  • Mutasim Mannan
    Mutasim Mannan 3 days ago

    Everybody be saying that Call of duty and fortnite players gon destroy Iran. All Iran gotta do is ask a math question

  • Vuk Vasic
    Vuk Vasic 3 days ago

    8/2(2+2)=8/2*4=4*4=16, but 8/(2(2+2))=8/(2*4)=1.

  • Imogen Outridge
    Imogen Outridge 3 days ago

    Before I see the answer: 16

  • Tee Hee
    Tee Hee 3 days ago

    Isn’t this quit simple I mean you just use bidmas and it comes out as 16

  • yaeesh ??
    yaeesh ?? 3 days ago

    My calculatior says it's one

  • luke. P
    luke. P 3 days ago

    It’s 16.
    8 / ( 2 ( 2 + 2 ) ) would equal 1

  • Christian Sarmiento
    Christian Sarmiento 3 days ago

    Orders of operation... Brackets then the multiplication/division then addition