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Can You Solve this Puzzle?

Have you ever seen the The Washington Post feature called PAGE THREE / Homework Headaches?    There was a homework headache last week titled “a puzzling encounter with 5th grade math.”  Here it is… give it a try…


The instructions: “Write operation signs in the following number sequences to make every equation true.  The first problem is done for you.”  

It turns out the solution is easier than you imagined – a matter of spacing, and not a complicated math formula.  In fact, it’s kind of a “life lesson” – many of the things we labor over are really not as complicated as we make them.  The answer appears below. Answer to math problem



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