Are you ready to put your brain to the test? If you love solving puzzles and want to challenge your middle school math skills, you’re in the right spot! Here’s a classic math problem for you to tackle, and it’s sure to be a lot of fun!

Let’s Get Started!

Take a look at the image below. You’ll see a math problem along with four possible answers. Your mission is to figure out which one is correct. Take your time, think it through, and find the right solution.

Solve the Puzzle

After giving it some thought, it’s time to reveal the correct answer. Look below:

The correct answer is B: 12. But why is 12 correct? Let’s break it down step by step:

Remember the order of operations from school? It’s PEMDAS – Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, Addition and Subtraction. First, we solve 3 x 3, which equals 9.

Now we handle the rest: 3 + 9 – 3 + 3.

Simplifying this, we get: 3 + 9 = 12.

Did you pick the right answer? If so, great job! It’s always satisfying to use your math skills successfully.

Keep practicing math problems like these to stay sharp and ready for the next challenge! Ready for another one?