The equation in question? 9 – 3 ÷ 1/3 + 1 = ? The deceptively simply math problem recently blew up in Japan and has now started to blow up in the U.S..

The trick is to remember PEMDAS, the order of operations formula, which stands for parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction.

This means first tackling 3 ÷ 1/3. Three divided by 1/3 is nine, and then carrying along with the equation from left to right you end up with the correct answer of — drum role, please: 1!

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