This viral math equation is confusing the Internet. Can you solve it?

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A math equation that was shared on Twitter recently has gone viral as netizens are trying to figure out the correct, rather appropriate answer, to it. “Solve carefully,” is the disclaimer that the user, KJ Cheetham issued along with the equation that is: 230 – 220 x 0.5 =? The fact of the matter is that the user has already shared the answer but Twitter isn’t convinced.

“You probably won’t believe it but the answer is 5!#maths,” the tweet read. Most aren’t buying that as they are of the opinion that 120 is the correct answer to the problem. Read the viral tweet first and we’ll get to the rest later.

Well, if you try to solve the equation on the face of it, the answer is 5. 230 – 220 = 10 and if you multiply that with 0.5, it equals to 5.

It’s obvious for some!

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Daveo@inflammatorydev

Umm, but its obvious its 5 …. Not sure why I wouldnt believe it as I was taught this in school. Weird that this is such a popular tweet or requires retweeting.56:55 AM – Jul 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy31 people are talking about this

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Stefan Rahmstorf@rahmstorf

Is it 5? No! It is 5!1,26212:16 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy71 people are talking about this

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Nick Grant @joepublic99

How can it not be 5?253:33 PM – Jul 13, 2019 路 Sutton, LondonTwitter Ads info and privacy30 people are talking about this

Some also followed the BODMAS rule – an acronym that stands for Bracket, Of, Division, Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction – 220 x 0.5 = 110 and subtract this figure: 230-110 = 120

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019Replying to @dhazel418

Very true – the answer is 5!

David Hazel #FBPE #PeoplesVote @dhazel418

Show me your workings, please.

I say it is 230 – (220 x 0.5), which is 230 – 110 = 1205086:03 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy93 people are talking about this

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Richard Beasley #FBPE #RevokeA50@richbsys

All I have to say to you is BODMAS!
You need brackets for the answer to be 51263:45 PM – Jul 13, 2019 路 Bristol, EnglandTwitter Ads info and privacy28 people are talking about this

But KJ Cheetham soon threw a googly!

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019Replying to @richbsys

馃槈

Bodmas is most definitely in play already. Look closer

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham

Also, the answer isn鈥檛 5.2493:46 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee KJ Cheetham  #FBPE ‘s other Tweets

Nick Grant @joepublic99 路 Jul 13, 2019Replying to @kj_cheetham

How can it not be 5?

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham

Multiplication comes before subtracting (bodmas), so it鈥檚 not 5.2253:35 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee KJ Cheetham  #FBPE ‘s other Tweets

However, a certain section of the internet did the honours of reading the equation over and over again, and figured that the exclamation mark written after 5, is a symbol for factorial – “5!”

Hence, proved, should we say? With some help from KJ Cheetham, of course.

David Hazel #FBPE #PeoplesVote @dhazel418 路 Jul 13, 2019Replying to @kj_cheetham

Show me your workings, please.

I say it is 230 – (220 x 0.5), which is 230 – 110 = 120

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham

5! = 5x4x3x2x1 = 12012.7K6:04 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,105 people are talking about this

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019Replying to @kj_cheetham @richbsys

Also, the answer isn鈥檛 5.

#RevokeArticle50 is within reach #FBPE@philleehh

Factorial643:52 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee #RevokeArticle50 is within reach #FBPE’s other Tweets

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Chris S@ChingfordChrisS

Lol factorials2525:11 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Chris S’s other Tweets

Chris S@ChingfordChrisS 路 Jul 14, 2019Replying to @kj_cheetham

Lol factorials

Daddy Maxi@khunlhe_xxx

Yeah 5! Which is 120… Many won’t get the ! (Factorial) Sign…178:09 AM – Jul 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Daddy Maxi’s other Tweets

((( Kevin Karhan )))  #PNCHNZS 24/7!@k3vk4 路 Jul 14, 2019Replying to @kj_cheetham @Iteration23

230-220*0,5=
230-(220/2)=
230-110=
120

How does this equate 5?

Natasha Taylor@Natashatashaetc

It doesn’t, but the claim was that it equals 5!, and five factorial is 120.11111:22 AM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Natasha Taylor’s other Tweets

Well, you can carry on with your calculations but folks who couldn’t care less about the equation are busy posting hilarious comments on the viral thread.

Sample these:

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Sir Jorge de Great@SirJorgeDeGreat

Is there a hidden iPhone emoji?110:58 AM – Jul 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Sir Jorge de Great’s other Tweets

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Share And Enjoy@Go_SYH_In_A_Pig

馃槣

“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.”

1612:41 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Share And Enjoy’s other Tweets

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Thomas Goebel@TomGoebelPMP

As a mathematician, your credentials are impeccable. As a grammarian, you need a little work.137:28 PM – Jul 14, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Thomas Goebel’s other Tweets

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

Erick Staal@ErickStaal

No, it鈥檚 42. Because that鈥檚 the answer to Life, the Universe, and the Rest.4259:52 PM – Jul 13, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy22 people are talking about this

As for us, this GIF sums up the scenario in the best possible manner:

KJ Cheetham  #FBPE @kj_cheetham 路 Jul 13, 2019

A maths meme that is actually funny rather than stupid:
Solve carefully!
230 – 220 x 0.5 =

You probably won鈥檛 believe it but the answer is 5!#maths

TonyRockyHorror@maroleon11112:37 PM – Jul 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee TonyRockyHorror’s other Tweets

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