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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is not given in the problem and they are certainly not going to tell us. They want A's money. The question is about guesses.

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**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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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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But, do they have that information?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not to start I guess. It is the only thing A will answer.

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**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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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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So, they can ask him for value of P(x) for any x?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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A says) Hahaha sure, ask what P(n) is as many times as you like.

**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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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I wasn't sure if n meant any number or just a natural one...

Either way, there is no way they can be sure of any guess...

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

Please reread the problem I have made a change that might clear up your questions.

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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hello m:

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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?

"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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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Thanks for the problem, good one.

"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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I had the solution she had but yours seems to be best.

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Both answers are the same, the latter one is easier to see without a computer.

"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;

Yours does not require a base conversion, theirs does.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**New problem:**

**100 divisions of soldiers is to be distributed to 50 US cities next month to deal with the coming predicted panic when Nibiru comes close to Earth. How many ways can Gen. S. S. "Stomp em into the dirt" Higgins distribute 100 divisions if each city is to have at least 1 division. He does not know so the Pentagon allocates 1 billion dollars to answer the question. It ends up in our panel of experts.**

**Hint: Each divisions is different.**

**A says) That is easy 50! * (100 Ncr 50).**

**B says) That is a little off A the answer is...**

**C says) I am getting 100! / 50!**

**D says) Next month? Darn it was my birthday. Hope it isn't ruined.**

**E says) I have it, I am going to Disneyland with my billion.**

**B says) I think you will have to share it with me.**

**Just then the Gen. walks in. Everyone jumps to attention. A is right. He is awarded the money and he gets the thanks of our great nation. He is a true patriot.**

**B and E look at each other. What answer do you get?**

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

As we might have suspected A's answer is incorrect again.

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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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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I'd say it is. Got it from the GF x^50/(1-x)^50.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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So?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Ah ha I knew you were going to say that.

The fact that the divisions are different means an OGF does not apply.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Oh, the divisions are different. Hm, okay, but it says so nowhere in the text and it is not very logical to assume so...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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They are numbered so the 98th is not same as the 53rd but I will add it.

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

I am getting this huge number:

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