# Brain Game: Line Up!

Study this chalkboardÂ mathematics equation for today's **Brain Game**:

**YourÂ goal is to move certain lines to make the two sides of the equation equal.** And I want you to do it not once, not twice, but three times. First, solve forÂ puzzle #1, then (referring back to the original image) solve for puzzle #2, and thenÂ puzzle #3. Good luck!

PUZZLE #1: Make both sides of the equation equal by

adding a single straight line to the left side of the equation.

PUZZLE #2: Make both sides of the equation equal by

removing a single straight line from the right side of the equation.

PUZZLE #3: Make both sides of the equation equal byÂ moving one straight line

from the left side of the equation to the right side of the equation.

*HereÂ areÂ three possible*

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*SOLUTIONS***POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS:**

*NOTE: You may come up with different solutions than those that follow. If so, please post them in the comments. Thanks!*

**PUZZLE #1:** In the left part of the equation, connect the top and left ends of the first plus sign to make it a 4.

Then the equation reads **545 + 1 = 546**. (Alternately, use this tactic on the second plus sign, making the equation read **5 + 541 = 546**.)

**PUZZLEÂ #2:** In the right side of the equation, remove the line connecting the top and left ends of the 4 to turn it into a plus sign.

Then the equation reads **5 + 5 + 1 = 5 + 6**.

**PUZZLEÂ #3:** In the left side of the equation, remove the vertical bar from the second plus sign and move it to the right side of the equation, using it to form a division sign between the 54 and the 6. Then the equation reads **5 + 5 - 1 = 54 / 6**.