# Balance the Equation

Peter found an old piece of paper that an equation was written on it. Some of digits or operations are unreadable. Help Peter to complete the balanced equation. The equation is: $87+?3?12-4?2=?36-15??1/?$

Source: My Brain

• Cut the piece of paper in a perfect half, weigh each half, it's a now perfectly balanced equation! Oct 4, 2014 at 13:11
• Am I right? Lol Oct 4, 2014 at 13:54
• problem is that peter have no balance or scale :)
– Rafe
Oct 4, 2014 at 15:02
• I really liked my solution though! It IS equally balanced! Oct 4, 2014 at 15:09

Here's one more solution I found:

$87+33*12-482 = 136-15*81/9$

• The exact solution that I expected.
– Rafe
Oct 6, 2014 at 12:35

87+63-12-4*2=136−15+81/9

There are probably many possible solutions.

• You right, there is at least one more solution. +1
– Rafe
Oct 4, 2014 at 15:02

Runs to the nearest store, buys a scale.

Cut the piece of paper in a perfect half, weigh each half, it's a now perfectly balanced equation!

+1 for originality?

• actually a -1 for off-topic answer. Despite comments, answers should not contain jokes. (just my opinion)
– Rafe
Oct 4, 2014 at 15:13
• It does work though... Oct 4, 2014 at 15:14
• Again, IF you have the right tool to measure weight. Something that question said nothing about.
– Rafe
Oct 4, 2014 at 15:16
• @Rafe See my edit. Oct 4, 2014 at 15:23
• I would downvote if I had the rep. It doesn't help anyone to answer a puzzle question with play of words. In fact it's not even a good play on words. If you cut a piece of paper in half and put it on a balance, it isn't a "balanced equation". It's a balance with two scraps of paper on it, each of which has a random sequence of numbers and symbols. Oct 6, 2014 at 16:58