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Can You Solve This Math Problem That Is Stumping The Internet?

The internet has a lot of answers, but a lot of those answers are wrong.

Math is hard. Thank goodness the internet is here to help! Except that while the internet has a lot of answers, a lot of those answers are wrong.

What’s Up With Math and Internet Outrage?

There’s nothing like a math problem to send the internet into a tizzy, is there? Remember this seemingly correct wrong answer that had people up in arms last fall?

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Why did this poor student get a “-1” despite getting the correct answer? After all, 5×3 is 15 last time we checked.

In this case, the reason was in the execution. “5×3” taken literally should be the number 3 five times, as the teacher noted on this student’s paper. (Oh, that makes so much sense! Or … not.)

And then there was this other problem making the rounds that had people scratching their heads:

Horseshoes and horses and boots—oh my!

The answer to this one required use of the old “order of operations” acronym “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.” Remember that one?

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Hint: If you’re getting 22 as your answer, that is incorrect. Review your order of operations knowledge here, and try again!

(Or just get the answer.)

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The Latest Math Problem To Stump The Internet

Below is the latest math problem to have gone viral.

The question was taken from a math test designed for 6- to 7-year-olds, according to TODAY. In the proud, storied tradition of using trains to illustrate math problems, the following conundrum was posed:

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I’ll give you a few seconds to think this over.

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Think you have the answer? Need more time?

Click to page two to get the answer.