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Here we go again, another order of operations problem. This equation has been shared on Twitter and Facebook and many people are confused about the correct answer.

7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 – 7 =

In the following video I explain the answer and present two different ways to simplify the expression.

What Is 7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 + 7 Equal To? The Correct Answer Explained

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The Correct Answer

The correct answer is 50.

One way to see this is to translate the expression 7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 – 7 = into a situation about money.

The expression begins with 7, so you start out with $7.

The next part is “+ 7 ÷ 7.” This means you get a 1/7 share of $7. Since a 1/7 share of $7 is $1, that means you get $1. At this point you have $7 + $1 = $8.

The next part is “+ 7 × 7.” This means you get $7 more, repeated 7 times. Since a $7 times 7 is $49, that means you get $49 in total. At this point you have $8 + $49 = $57.

The last part is “- 7.” That means $7 is taken away from you. You subtract $7, so you end up with $57 – $7 = $50.

The correct answer is therefore 50.

The expression can also be simplified by the order of operations, often remembered by the acronyms PEMDAS/BODMAS.

First evaluate Parentheses/Brackets, then evaluate Exponents/Orders, then evaluate Multiplication-Division, and finally evaluate Addition-Subtraction.

The expression 7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 – 7 has no parentheses or exponents, so we evaluate multiplication and division.

7 ÷ 7 = 1
7 × 7 = 49

This means

7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 – 7
= 7 + 1 + 49 – 7

Now we can evaluate the addition and the subtraction from left to right.

= 8 + 49 – 7
= 57 – 7
= 50

The correct answer is 50.

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