Do you remember your days in school when you complained the math problems being taught aren’t useful in real life. You were wrong. And unfortunately, you were not the only one having this mentality, there are a lot of people who think like you. Probably that’s why when this mathematical problem went viral on social media, only one in a thousand people could successfully finished the solution to it.

So now, if you want to prove yourself to be a genius and be among the very few who were able to solve it, you need to brush up your mathematical skills. Ready? Strap your calculator, think hard and solve it!

We’re not leaving you alone though. Here’s a useful hint: you have to actually think out of the box to solve this problem. You’ll soon realize that this is not as simple as it looks and there’s much more to the equation than what is in front of your eyes.

Oh, and one more important thing. You probably know that usually there is one and only one correct solution to a math problem. But not in this case. A debate has been caused with the emergence of two correct solutions for this problem.

To continue reading, click on the ‘next page’ icon below. What do you think about this so far? Did you crack it?

If you’re adamant, don’t read any further and do not watch this video. But if you’re all ready to give up, please do continue.

So here’s the answer. You would most probably agree that 1+4=5, but in the next line, where 2+5=12, things get tricky. But what you really have to do is afd 2+ 5+ the last result, which is 5 in this case. Keep on progressing like this to the next lines and you’ll get your answer.

The second solution expresses the equation as a+b = a(b). 1+4 is obviously but the same solution can also be found by add 1 to 4 times 1. In the second line, we get 2+ 2(5) = 12. Keep on repeating the same procedure until you reach the last line and you will get your answer. If you still didn’t get the method, watch the video to get clarity. If you solved this problem without seeing the solution, congratulations, you are a genius and have a high IQ.