There’s a lot of talk on Twitter about the tricky math puzzle posed in a TV quiz. A debate was opened among many users of this social network, which has been quite peculiar.

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### The mathematical world arouses interest

The initiator of this tirade was the user whose Twitter was identified as: @ShionKaz. In this regard, he posted a screenshot where a question asked by the game show “Who wants to be a millionaire?” appears.

This is the version of that contest in Bulgaria, where there is a wide audience. The contestant had to answer a question, based on a mathematical expression that looked quite complicated on the screen.

The formula to be solved is: “If f (x) = x3+x2+x1+x0, then f (2)=…?”. Among the four possible options were: A) 13; B) 14; C) 15; or D) 16. Quickly, many people began to express their opinions.

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### The various responses given on Twitter

Social networks have become an excellent means of interaction in the 21st century. They lend themselves to many things, such as discussing solutions to mathematical enigmas. As happened in this case.

– Most users indicated that the correct answer was 14, while others indicated that it was 25.

– A physics student also expressed his opinion, clarifying that the mathematical expression was not an equation. Actually, it was a polynomial function of the third degree. What resulted was a result equal to 15.

– The Huffington Post medium indicated that the true answer was 15. You simply had to place the 2 in the X, making the results with exponential values.

– Finally, it was deduced that the solution was relatively simple. The problem is that people did not know how to interpret the polynomial function. That is, they confused the mathematical expression with an equation.

To a large extent, this thorium convert in social networks has served for people to practice their numerical skills. Also, it makes it clear that mathematics requires knowing the way in which it is expressed.

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### Are social networks useful for learning?

In the midst of the new normal derived from the pandemic, distance learning is one of the mainstays. Therefore, these types of debates on Twitter should perhaps be expanded to other knowledge issues.

People like challenges: comment to see who is telling the truth. This makes people investigate, which is one of the mainstays of learning. This was demonstrated in the interest in solving this mathematical enigma.

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How many people were interested in this riddle? It is striking that the resolution of this problem has gone viral, something that shows that mathematics can capture people.

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