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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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A 2x2 matrix? How?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

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

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

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

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

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

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

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

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

Howdy!

The spreadsheet (which I've deleted by mistake ) gave the answer after about 25 to 30 iterations, depending on the starting volume of water in the urns. I tried it with the same volume in each urn and also with different volumes in each urn, with not much change to the number of iterations.

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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You're welcome!

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi gAr,

Thank you for your welcome! You must speed read/speed type!

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi phrontister;

Yes the naswer is independent of the volumes of the urns and the starting amounts of water.

Hi gAr;

The Feller books have a lot of stuff in them!

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi phrontister,

I did not see that you had written up there, I actually replied to bobbym!

Hi bobbym,

Yes, you're right, he has covered a lot of topics.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Thanks for both of you looking at the problem.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Hi bobbym,

I have a question on numerical methods:

How do we test whether a huge integer is a perfect square, if I'm to implement it in a language like C?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How big is the integer?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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A number which fits "long" data type, taking 64 bits..

I'll take a break, see you later..

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi gAr;

Comparing floating point numbers like the routine sqr in C++ does and integers can be tricky.

I assume you want unsigned 64 bit numbers you will be testing numbers from 0 to 18446744073709551616. The roots would range from 0 to 4294967296.

Are your arguments going to be integers or floating point numbers?

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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In particular, I'm trying to find values of n for which a polynomial like n*(5*n+14)+1 are perfect squares..

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