Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun. Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ π -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

- Topics: Active | Unanswered

Pages: **1**

**John-o****Guest**

What will be integer solution for x and y-

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 92,941

Hi John-o;

There are a lot of solutions to that equation. Are there any constraints you have left out?

We can treat this with a few more constraints as an Egyptian fraction. One possible solution is

So we have a=1 and ab -1 =14 and b = 15

Substituting into the top equation:

x = 15 , y = 210 is one solution.

There 5 solutions with positive integers and x ≠ y. They are

For a general solution that gets all solutions

All solutions are now generated by adding 14 to the divisors of 196.

**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.**

**Online**

**John-o****Guest**

What is this egyptian fraction?I'd like to know about it.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
- Posts: 92,941

Hi;

This is where it is explained:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_fraction

if you have a problem with understanding it post it here.

**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.**

**Online**

Pages: **1**