# People Are Pulling Their Hair Out In Their Attempts to Solve This Math Problem

Many individuals love solving puzzles and riddles, but when it comes to arithmetic issues, a surprising percentage of people feel overwhelmed.

You’ve probably seen Good Will Hunting, the 1997 Academy Award-winning picture starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck, which won Best Picture. The film centers around Will Hunting, a fictitious, troubled genius, in a nutshell. Hunting works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, despite his intelligence and eidetic memory.

He noticed a math problem on a chalkboard in a corridor presented by Gerald Lambeau, a Fields Medal-winning professor. Two MIT professors spent two years to solve the math issue in the narrative. Hunting anonymously solves the problem in only one day. The story begins when the professor discovers that the solution was written by Hunting. This anecdote has been quoted and even memorized several times in the math community.

This is a story that happens very seldom in real life, yet it is still one of the most incredible.

If you don’t have your mind in the game, the best and smartest players will throw you off. Personally, I enjoy math, but it took me a long time to get to this position. I disliked math in school, but as an adult, I decided to take it on as a challenge and master it. Surprisingly, I realized that it is possible to like it!

#### Can you solve this riddle:

If you look at it and come up with 40, you’re somewhat correct.

The first problem is this: 1 + 4 Equals 5.

The second problem is: 2 + 5 = 12 = 12 (add the total from the previous problem, 5)

The third problem is as follows: 3 + 9 (add the total of the previous two problems, 12) = 21

The fourth problem is as follows: 8 + 11 = 40 (add the total from the previous problem, 21).

But wait, there’s more…….

There is a second solution to this conundrum, and it is… 96!

The first problem is this: 1 x 4 Plus 1 Equals 5.

The second problem is this: 2 x 5 Plus 2 = 12

The third problem is this: 3 x 6 + 3 Equals 21.

The fourth issue has a total of 96 pages (8 x 11 Plus 8).