# order of processes - math puzzle

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There is a math question currently circulating on face book. What is the answer to this? 4 × 4 + 4 × 4 = 4 - 4 × 4. The answer I came up with is 20, based on my knowledge of order of processes, is this correct? Thank you in advance for your time and help.

Dave Abell

### Comments for order of processes - math puzzle

 Jan 11, 2013 math puzzle by: Staff Answer There is no solution to this problem the way it is stated. Regardless of where the parentheses are placed, the numerical value on the right hand side of the equation will never be equal to the value on the left hand side of the equation. To be valid, the right hand side of the equation (4 - 4 × 4) must be equal to the left hand side of the equation (4 × 4 + 4 × 4). This is impossible with the numbers which are given. The right hand side of the equation has only two possible values: 0 or -12 4 - 4 × 4 (4 - 4) × 4 = 0 4 - (4 × 4) = -12 For the entire equation to be valid, the left hand side of the equation must also equal 0 or -12 (one or the other). The left hand side of the equation can never be equal to 0 because there are no negative numbers. The left hand side of the equation can never be equal to -12 for the same reason: there are no negative numbers on the left side of the equal sign. The left hand side of the equation will always yield a positive integer, no matter where the parentheses are placed. For example: 4 × 4 + 4 × 4 = (4 × 4) + (4 × 4) = 32 4 × (4 + 4) × 4 = 128 4 × (4 + 4 × 4) = 80 . . . And so on Final Answer: 4 × 4 + 4 × 4 ≠ 4 - 4 × 4 Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com