Nerding Out: A Viral Math Problem Explained

December 15, 2015
Chris Baker
Vice President

Education

WHY was this viral math problem marked incorrect? It seems a little absurd, doesn’t it?  5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5

Math Sucks

I stared at this problem for some time scratching my head thinking "well this doesn't make much sense."  Then I stumbled upon math evangelists Brett Berry's blog post where he explains just why this is correctly marked wrong.  Try to figure it out for yourself first before heading over to the answer. 

We can apply the lesson learned here to everyday business strategy whether marketing, developmental or design ... as Apple says "Think Different." The answers you're searching for may not always be the obvious, sometimes we must dig a bit deeper and really examine what the problem asks of us. 

 

 

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