# 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! – warspyking Oct 4 '14 at 13:11
• Am I right? Lol – warspyking Oct 4 '14 at 13:54
• problem is that peter have no balance or scale :) – Rafe Oct 4 '14 at 15:02
• I really liked my solution though! It IS equally balanced! – warspyking Oct 4 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 15:13
• It does work though... – warspyking Oct 4 '14 at 15:14
• Again, IF you have the right tool to measure weight. Something that question said nothing about. – Rafe Oct 4 '14 at 15:16
• @Rafe See my edit. – warspyking Oct 4 '14 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. – ThePopMachine Oct 6 '14 at 16:58