# Solving This Basic Math Equation Might Mean You Are A Genius!

When we were growing up, math was either the only thing keeping us awake in class or one of ourÂ school’s more torturous lessons. To the aficionados, math was an island of reason in a desert of sliding scales and biases. The answer was either right or it wasn’t, and the path to that right answer followed a clear set of rules. If you had a teacher who didn’t like you, this class was your way of proving it.

At the same time, that emphasis on rules and reason made math dreadfully boring for kids who wanted to let their imaginations soar. While a bad teacher can be foiled by math, a good one can make their mark by encouraging students to express themselves in art, English, and music classes. Honestly, it all comes down to what side of this scale appealed the most to your strengths and interests.

But some puzzles require a little of both sides of this coin to find the solution. Today, we have one that follows a certain set of rules but doesn’t work in the way you’d expect from a math problem. So it can be equally as solvable or confounding no matter where your head is at.

Let’s give it a try.

### All of these equations are just waiting to be solved.

Apparently you’re a realÂ hot shot if you can figure them out in under 10 seconds.

Okay, take a few minutes and try to figure out the pattern.
Write it down if it helps.

### If you’re well and truly stumped, here’s the answer.

You’re supposed to multiply the two numbers, then add them, then subtract them. So in the first one (8+2), 16, 10 and, six become 16106.

All of the ones after it work the same way.

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