Below is a math problem which you need to solve, however, there are two possible solutions both which are illustrated below.

First, try and get your head around the first solution before attempting the next one. If you get stuck, you can scroll down to check out the answer.

Let us know which one you worked out first. Good luck!

#### Solution 1 explained:

Most agree that 1 + 4 = 5.

In the next line, add 2 + 5 to the sum of 5 in the equation above. Total = 12

Next, apply the same formula: 3 + 6 = 9, then add the 9 to the sum in the equation above (12). Total = 21.

The last step is to take the 8 + 11= 19 and add it to the sum of the previous problem (21). Total = 40.

Try again for the second solution!

#### Solution 2 explained:

The obvious truth is: 1 + 4 = 5. But you could also reach 5 by adding 1 to 4 times 1.

In the same fashion, with the second line, 2 + 2(5) = 12.

And the next line: 3 + 3(6) = 21.

Using this method to solve the problem, 8 + 8 x 11 = 96.