# ‘Simple’ maths problem only those with a high IQ can solve – and it’s baffling

A simple maths problem has left the internet stumped – and apparently, only those with a high IQ can solve it. But it turns out that you need to use a special method to get the answer.

Fancy yourself as a genius or a mathematical wizard? Well, it’s high time to put that self-assurance to the test with this head-scratching calculation that has left people utterly perplexed.

Boosting brain power is crucial for cognitive function enhancements, and nothing says mental gymnastics like the convoluted world of puzzles and brainteasers. This latest conundrum has surfaced as a mighty challenge, inviting only those with superior intellect to step up to the plate and those with an IQ that soars above the average.

Flex your mental muscles, because attempting out this puzzle not only stretches your cognitive flexibility but sharpens focus, boosts memory retention, and hones overall brain health.

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But be warned, even the maths-savvy are scratching their heads over this one. The deceptive simplicity of the equation “3×3-33+3” has caused quite a stir online after its inception on Instagrams Threads, whipping up a storm of speculation as participants wade through a sea of comments in search of the elusive correct answer.

Are you amongst the enlightened who can decipher the formula, or will you falter like so many before you? Grab your thinking cap, it’s going to be a wild ride! At first glance, one might be tempted to solve the problem in the sequence it’s presented. This would result in three times three equals nine, subtract three to get six, divide by three to get two, then add three for a final answer of five.

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However, this is not the correct solution. In mathematics, there is a principle known as BIDMAS or BODMAS (or PEMDAS if you’re in America).

This acronym guides the correct order to solve an equation when multiple operations are involved. It stands for Brackets, Indices, Division, Multiplication, Addition, Subtraction.

While many people arrived at the answer of five, others used their mathematical prowess to explain the correct sequence and find the right answer. One user explained: “To solve the mathematical equation correctly, we use the order of operations (PEMDAS/BODMAS: Parentheses/Brackets, Exponents/Orders, Multiplication and Division (from left to right), Addition and Subtraction (from left to right)).

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“Here are the steps: 1. Perform multiplication and division first: 3 x 3 = 9 and 3 / 3 = 1.2. Substitute the results back into the equation: 9 – 1 + 3, 3. Perform addition and subtraction in sequence: 9 – 1 = 8, 8 + 3 = 11. So, the solution is= 11”.

The correct answer is indeed 11. Did you manage to solve it? Let us know in the comments below.

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