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POLL: A simple mathematical problerm
 
latios_power  posted on Apr 12, 2011 4:25:45 PM - Report post

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A simple mathematical problem ends up with 7 pages of discussion...now that right there is...Cool.
 
Riingo  posted on Apr 13, 2011 4:57:00 PM - Report post

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The way I was taught the answer is two. Distribute 2 into the parenthesis then you get 18+6=24. 48/24=2
 
H  posted on Apr 15, 2011 3:04:51 AM - Report post

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59%?
Seriously!
The answer is 2!
42
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2(9+3)
which you can also write like this:
42
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18+6
 
latios_power  posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:15:44 AM - Report post

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Enough guys, I wrote the same damn equation on my scientific calculator (that I trust way more than myself) and the answer was 2.
If you all come up to me and write this thing in different ways, and write numbers that I don't know about and %s and etc, it's still 2 to me, and I'm not gonna change that.
 
Neo7  posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:18:29 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by latios_power

Enough guys, I wrote the same damn equation on my scientific calculator (that I trust way more than myself) and the answer was 2.
If you all come up to me and write this thing in different ways, and write numbers that I don't know about and %s and etc, it's still 2 to me, and I'm not gonna change that.

My TI-89 returns an answer of 288. Using machines is pointless. In fact C# gave the most accurate answer (which was a compile error: "2 is a constant but is used as a method" ).

 
latios_power  posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:29:00 AM - Report post

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So can we say both 2 and 288 are the answer?
 
Neo7  posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:30:04 AM - Report post

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Mathematically no. That would be the equivilent of saying 2 is equal to 288 (2 = 288) which is simply not true.
 
latios_power  posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:36:19 AM - Report post

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So it's not that simple after all
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