Are you a whizz at numbers? Do you pride yourself on having an above-average IQ?
Here’s the equation: 9 – 9 = 3. Yes, you read that right. It’s obviously incorrect, but there’s a twist. You can make it correct by moving just one matchstick.
Think quick: you only have 20 seconds
Time is of the essence. You have only 20 seconds to solve this math brain teaser.
Remember, you’re only allowed to move one matchstick to make the equation correct.
What’s your move?
Before you jump in, take a moment to consider your options. Moving any one matchstick can change a number entirely, or even the operation of the equation.
It’s a true test of your mathematical understanding and spatial reasoning.
The reveal: did you solve it in time?
Ready for the answer? The correct equation is 8 – 5 = 3. By moving just one matchstick from the first 9, it becomes an 8.
The same matchstick is then added to the second 9, transforming it into a 5. Just like that, you have a correct equation.
Congratulations if you managed to solve the brain teaser in under 20 seconds! Why not share this article on your social media accounts and challenge your friends?
See if they can match your quick thinking and mathematical prowess. After all, a little competition never hurt anyone.