# Answer: Can You Solve This Algebra Question That’s Puzzling The Internet?

### The answer to a puzzling algebra question.

Looking at the symbols, we can determine this:

Wait – it’s not 22? Why? How?

To be able to correctly solve this Algebra question, you must know the Order of Operations. In grade school, you may remember having learned the phrase, “**P**lease **E**xcuse **M**y **D**ear **A**unt **S**ally.”

This stands for the correct precedence (which one you do first) of each operation. As a friendly reminder, PEMDAS stands for: Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction.

I knew you knew that. I didn’t have to Google it either (lies).

So to correctly solve this problem, we don’t go from left to right, but rather, multiply the 10×2 first, then add the 1.

So there you have it. Now share this with a friend and see if they are wearing their smarty pants today.

*This story originally appeared on Simplemost.*