This should be easy, right???
Math is a big topic in the United States, most notably because we're badly falling behind the rest of the world in terms of mathematical comprehension. Students in the U.S. are improving but still lagging behind the rest of the world.
According to the most recent Pew study, American students scored #35 worldwide in math. That ain't good.
This math equation is incredibly unique — not because it's an interesting problem, but because it went totally viral in Japan. Only 60 percent of people in their 20s could answer it. The same question in the 1980s could be answered by 90 percent of Americans in their 20s.
Can you solve it?
This article was originally published at Higher Perspective. Reprinted with permission from the author.