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Not a Homework question
Category: Science > Math Asked by: dprk007ga List Price: $5.00 
Posted:
16 Oct 2006 16:13 PDT
Expires: 15 Nov 2006 15:13 PST Question ID: 774182 
You know I was always bloody awful at Algebra when I was at school. One day I had to do this Algebra sum when I got into a dreadful muddle Here goes let a=b Then a**2=b**2 and a**2b**2=0 and a**2b**2=a**2b**2 so (a+b)(ab)=a**2b**2 and further (a+b)(ab)=a(ab) and so of course (a+b) = a and (as a=b) 2a=a AND 1=2 oops Where did i go wrong???? DPRK007  
 
 
 


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Re: Not a Homework question
Answered By: pinkfreudga on 16 Oct 2006 17:07 PDT Rated: 
Thanks for accepting the link I posted as your official answer! I've seen this nifty 1=2 problem presented in many different ways, with the catch being that there is a disguised instance of dividing by zero. I used this search string to find an online reference: Google Web Search: "1=2" "divide OR dividing by zero" ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%221%3D2%22+%22divide+OR+dividing+by+zero%22 Regarding the matter of the Internet spoiling the fun, I feel a bit guilty, so here is a mathish joke as an attempt to restore some of the fun: A statistician and two mathematicians go hunting. When they see a rabbit, the first mathematician shoots, missing it on the left. The second mathematician shoots and misses it on the right. The statistician shouts: "We've hit it!" Best regards, pinkfreud 
dprk007ga
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Great Stuff, Pink 

Subject:
Re: Not a Homework question
From: sublime1ga on 16 Oct 2006 20:17 PDT 
You might enjoy knowing that Einstein himself worked on this problem: http://members.cox.net/sublime_1/einsteinshow.jpg 
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Re: Not a Homework question
From: pinkfreudga on 16 Oct 2006 20:41 PDT 
http://www.mortalwombat.com/Special/Thus_Do_I_Refute_Subbie.jpg 
Subject:
Re: Not a Homework question
From: probonopublicoga on 16 Oct 2006 21:21 PDT 
Wow, Pink, THAT (the image) was VERY clever. I bet that Subby will neverest until he can reciprocate. Bryo 
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Re: Not a Homework question
From: sublime1ga on 16 Oct 2006 23:43 PDT 
Naw, I was expecting such a webwise woman to set our audience straight...especially since I left her such a searchable hint in the image name... ; ) 
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Re: Not a Homework question
From: pinkfreudga on 22 Oct 2006 12:49 PDT 
dprk007, Thanx for the five stars and the tip! ~pinkfreud 
Subject:
Re: Not a Homework question
From: xceqterga on 22 Oct 2006 15:08 PDT 
so (a+b)(ab)=a**2b**2 and further (a+b)(ab)=a(ab) u start to load a=b here and so of course (a+b) = a and (as a=b) 2a=a here u load a=b one more time so u got that 2 
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