Math is just as much about solving them as it is coming up with problems.

You always learn about the rules of math and how to solve problems… but every rule you’ll ever learn was discovered or invented to answer a question. And my favorite part about math is coming up with questions and reading unique questions that get me really thinking.

Behind every math problem, there’s a lesson. Here is a math puzzle that is fun and teaches something about what mathematics *actually* is.

Well… It’s not 8+8+8+8+8+8+8+8

SO WHAT IT IS?!

Don’t get frustrated.

Answer: 888+88+8+8+8

This puzzle is cool because it comes off as more of a riddle than a math problem… But it helps me to remember that humans didn’t start out knowing everything about math. We had to figure it out and use tools that we find in clever ways to make more complicated problems work. I mean, {888…8+… +888+88+8 doesn’t seem entirely unlike the systems we do know…

8+8+8+8+8+8+8+8 is the same as 8*8

and 8*8*8*8*8*8*8*8 is the same as 8^8

and 8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1 is the same as 8!

Notation is weird. Don’t overlook something and say that it isn’t math just because you haven’t learned it or just because someone hasn’t given it some form of notation yet.