Library Link of the Day: Can You Solve The e=8 MIT Admissions Math Problem?

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“How well do you know PEMDAS or BODMAS? Order-of-operations problems seem to really frustrate the people of the internet, but this one from the MindYourDecisions YouTube channel may be the hardest one we’ve seen. According to the channel, this problem appeared in an admissions text for MIT in 1869.

Here’s the Problem:

Let e=8 in the following equation:

e – (√(e + 1) + 2) + (e – ³√e)√(e – 4).

What’s the numerical value of the equation?

Hint: As mentioned earlier, knowledge of the order of operations will be pretty important here.”

Watch this video for the explanation!

Stay Curious!

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