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#1 2006-02-06 10:48:11

NoSash
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Four Equals Five

1)                           16 - 36 = 25 - 45
2)                16 - 36 + 81/4 = 25 - 45 + 81/4
3) 4^2 - 2x4x9/2 + (9/2)^2 = 5^2 - 2x5x9/2 + (9/2)^2
4)                     (4 - 9/2)^2 = (5 - 9/2)^2
5)                           4 - 9/2 = 5 - 9/2
6)                                   4 = 5

What went wrong?

I'm pretty sure the error is from step 3 to 4 but I don't know what the heck they are trying to do.

Last edited by NoSash (2006-02-06 10:57:55)

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#2 2006-02-06 10:58:00

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Re: Four Equals Five

when you take the square root, you need the ± which gives you a few different combinations...this "proof" just uses one combination that does not work.


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#3 2006-02-06 18:57:01

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Re: Four Equals Five

e.a.
4)                     (4 - 9/2)^2 = (5 - 9/2)^2
5)                            |4-9/2|=|5-9/2|
6)                              |-0.5|=|+0.5|
which is OK.

Last edited by krassi_holmz (2006-02-06 18:57:47)


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#4 2006-02-06 20:47:56

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Re: Four Equals Five

step 5. there you should have absolute value.

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#5 2006-02-06 21:00:30

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Re: Four Equals Five

Yep.


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#6 2006-02-07 04:37:19

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Re: Four Equals Five

All of the above is correct. They've hidden it with lots of unnecessary complications, but what they're basically doing is saying that as x² = (-x)², then x = -x, even though it doesn't.


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#7 2006-02-07 04:51:39

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Re: Four Equals Five

yeah it all makes sense, thanks guys

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#8 2006-02-13 11:52:50

NoSash
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Re: Four Equals Five

Hey guys, apparently it's incorrect to put the absolute value signs, can anybody confirm this? Or support it? I know it works out mathematically but I was told it's still wrong.

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