Life is what you do, and maybe, it’s how you see it, too. The same could be said in a math puzzle: there is often more than one solution. Of course, when we are young, we see the world in black and white. But the truth is that the answer is only in black and white if everyone agrees on the approach. And that doesn’t always happen.

It’s like the old allegory of the elephant. If a handful of people find themselves in a dark room with an elephant, and each describes how the elephant feels, depending on where they are, they will come to different conclusions. The person in front of the trunk says long, the person on the tail says thin, and the person on the side says flat and wrinkled.

Math puzzle for people with high IQ

Thus, depending on the theme of the interpretation, life could be resolved in different ways. Check out the following math puzzle that managed to go viral on the web among IQ tests . This puzzle will lead you to more than one solution according to the routes of your own brain. So how would you solve the following math problem?

Review the following image and make your calculations according to what it shows and according to how your own judgment and logic solves it. Once you have reached the result, keep reading the possible solutions at the bottom, and for a better understanding, we invite you to also watch the video in the last part that you can read by activating subtitles.

Did you find out? Which of the two solutions below did you find?

The first solution is:

1. Most agree that 1 + 4 = 5.
2. On the next line, add 2 + 5 to the sum of 5 in the equation above. That gives you the answer of 12.
3. Next, apply the same formula: 3 + 6 = 9, then add the 9 to the sum in the above equation (12) to get the total of 21.
4. The last step is to take the 8 + 11 in the last equation, which is equal to 19, and add it to the sum of the previous problem (21). This gives you a total of 40.

Second popular solution:

1. The obvious truth is: 1 + 4 = 5. But you could also get to 5 by adding 1 to 4 times 1, 1 + 1 (4) = 5.
2. In the same way, with the second line, 2 + 2 (5) = 12.
3. And the following line: 3 + 3 (6) = 21.
4. Using this method to solve the problem, you add 8 to 8 times 11 to get 96.

What solution did you find? 40, or 96?

Or maybe you see the problem in a different way from the two mentioned above? Do you see? What is your interpretation? For more explanation of the solutions to this math problem, check out this video:

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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