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**tony123****Member**- Registered: 2007-08-03
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Find all pairs (a,b) of integers

such that

*Last edited by tony123 (2009-09-04 12:39:25)*

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**Fruityloop****Member**- Registered: 2009-05-18
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I don't believe there are any integers because...

*Last edited by Fruityloop (2009-09-05 13:32:52)*

The eclipses from Algol (an eclipsing binary star) come further apart in time when the Earth is moving away from Algol and closer together in time when the Earth is moving towards Algol, thereby proving that the speed of light is variable and that Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity is wrong.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi;

There are at least 2 solutions in Z

a=18 , b=3

a=3 , b=18

There may be more...

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**Fruityloop****Member**- Registered: 2009-05-18
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Good job Bobbym!

Oops...boy was I wrong.

(a+b)(a^2-ab+b^2)=3(2007-ab) doesn't mean (a+b)=3 or (a^2-ab+b^2)=3

*Last edited by Fruityloop (2009-09-06 00:54:52)*

The eclipses from Algol (an eclipsing binary star) come further apart in time when the Earth is moving away from Algol and closer together in time when the Earth is moving towards Algol, thereby proving that the speed of light is variable and that Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity is wrong.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi Fruityloop;

I am stuck on this one too.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi Tony123;

Prove:

That shows that 6021 can be factored into an integer square and another term. Also there are no negative solutions (If b were negative b^2 would of course be positive)

We could either try all 8 factors 2 at a time or notice that one factor has to be a square. Only 1 and 9 are possible. 1 doesn't work but 9 does. b^2 = 9 -> b=3.

The only solutions are:

3,18 and 18,3.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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