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## Easy Math Problem

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October 8, 2008 at 10:08 am

the left and right sides are not equal. there is no solution

October 8, 2008 at 10:11 am

I was figuring that as well. 0 =/= 24

October 8, 2008 at 10:27 am

x = FAIL

October 8, 2008 at 10:32 am

-6

October 8, 2008 at 10:39 am

(-6)-7=-13

19+(-6)=13

X=/=-6

The only answer I can think of is infinity.

October 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

Yeah it’s not -6. Oops.

October 8, 2008 at 10:49 am

my mind is fucked!

October 8, 2008 at 10:57 am

there is no solution to the problem.

any x you pick will not make the equation true.

x – 7 = 19 + x

Subtract an x from both sides:

-7 = 19

This is FALSE, therefore there is no solution.

You sometimes may get a similar senario such as:

2x = x + x

2x = 2x

divide both sides by x:

2 = 2

since this is TRUE, it’s true for all values of x, so there are infinately many solutions.

October 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

Soo what anime is that?

October 8, 2008 at 11:49 am

No no the point of this is that you photoshop the equation out and then add your own text, for example, ‘Is Moot a fag?’ Then it makes it look like the answer is obvious.

October 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm

KOBIASHI MARU!

October 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm

You generally don’t want to divide by x, if it’s not already a denominator, then you also have to show separately that x=/=0 (which also is true). You just subtract 2x from both sides.

2x = x+x

2x = 2x

-2x -2x

0=0 (true for all values of x)

October 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm

x = Ã¢Ë†Å¾

@nyokki:

If you subtract 2x from both sides you get:

-x-7=19-x

Which is no help whatsoever because that simplifies to -7=19

October 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Also, w0x copied his post from Yahoo! Answers.

au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080625095804AAwfJi8

October 8, 2008 at 1:22 pm

@Ben1605: Sorry I was referring to w0x’s 2nd example equation.

October 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Ah, okey dokey. Sorry ’bout that.

October 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Cyrstalkestral is on the right track.

Like I said, you won’t like the answer.

October 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm

That being said though, there is an answer.

I was able to figure it out, despite the fact that the last time I studied calculus was in high school.

October 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Although lim(xÃ¢â€ â€™Ã¢Ë†Å¾){x-7} = lim(xÃ¢â€ â€™Ã¢Ë†Å¾){19+x}, this still doesn’t make the original equality true. Just because lim a = lim b, this does not necessarily imply a = b.

There really isn’t an answer. I guess if you read Hoffstedter’s “Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid,” you could try to claim the answer is “mu.” But you’d still be wrong.

October 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Think about square roots.

October 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

i = the square root of -1

The absolute difference between -7 and 19 is 12

Use 12i for X

(12i) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 7 = 19 + (12i)

Multiply both sides by i + 1

-12 + 5i Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 7 = -12 + 31i + 19

5i -19 = 31i +7

5i = 31i +26

Multiply both sides by i

-5 = -31 +26i

26 = 26i

Multiply both sides by -1

-26 = -26

0 = 0

X = 12i

October 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Actually, lichenface, when you come up with 0=0, that means that the problem is true no matter what you put in. If the problem is 6*x=(5+1)*x, x could be anything, you could say that x=bologna! and it would still come out equal

oh and when you multiply 26=26i by -1 you get -26=-26i.

the question is pointless, if you subtract -7 from both sides, the problem results in saying that

x=x+26

October 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

Damn!

October 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm

LichenFace had my answer.

Though I have no idea where he got 0=0 from, though.

October 8, 2008 at 6:29 pm

You people should drink more. You obviously have brain cells trying to commit suicide anyway.

October 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

LichenFace’s answer is obviously wrong. His first step implies that 12i = 26 + 12i, which isn’t true. Also, he errs claiming in 26 = 26i, that when you multiply both sides by -1 you get -26 = -26. Wrong. You get -26 = -26i, which is still not a true statement.

Again, there’s no trick here; there is no solution.

Paul_is_Drunk, I suspect that if people “get made” about the solution you proffer, it’s because you’re offering a wrong solution. Invoking i doesn’t help.

October 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

x-7=19+x

(add 7 to both sides)

x=26+x

(subtract x from both sides)

0 =/= 26

False

October 8, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Let me put it so you understand

26 = 26i

divide by 26

1 = i

multiply by -1

-1 = -1

0 = 0 came from adding 26 to both sides or in this case adding 1

0=0 just means that the equation works and you can’t just make x anything as we have all tried.

so…

Paul_Is_Drunk = bologna

October 8, 2008 at 8:46 pm

multiplying

iby -1 does not give you -1, it gives you –i.isquared gives you -1.October 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm

@nyokki: you’re right. I fucked up there.

It was worth the effort.

October 9, 2008 at 12:38 am

@Ben1605

Just thought I’d show you guys that there is no way to solve it, so I copied it. :3

October 9, 2008 at 2:21 am

x-7=19+x

x-x=7+19

=26!!!! WTF FAIL!

October 9, 2008 at 4:17 am

X = 1 to 31 at midnight any day in March of a non-leap year, next to the international date line.

For example if X = 1, that would be day 1 of March.

X-7 means 7 days prior to March 1 which would be February 22.

19+X means 19 days + 1 would be February 20.

That’s two days off, so you have leap across the international date line to adjust one day,

doing it at midnight just when the 20th becomes the 21st.

Solved using my very own thinking meat.

October 9, 2008 at 7:06 am

@LichenFace

My answer was 26 = 26i.

That’s the closest I’ve come. That’s why I said people would be pissed with the answer, because it’s not really an answer.

I can see where you got 0=0 from now, though.

October 9, 2008 at 8:22 am

Damn straight 26=26i isn’t an answer….because it’s wrong.

October 9, 2008 at 8:35 am

@Paul_Is_Drunk “My answer was 26 = 26i.”

You cannot write that, because it implies that 1=i, what is wrong.

Simply, this equation have no solution and we all must live with it 🙁

October 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

nerd war!

October 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Reboot you have like three degrees in pure math. Can you please just post in this thread so this can god damn stop?

October 9, 2008 at 1:06 pm

@Caio: There is no solution. I have a degree in math also. Ok?

October 9, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Yeah but you’re not commanding enough to make people stop posting about this.

October 9, 2008 at 1:22 pm

@Caio: Ah! Ok people, listen up. I HAVE 50 MILLION TRILLION BEZILLION DEGREES IN MATH! THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM! I think.;)p

October 9, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Mwahahahaha…

I regret nothing!

October 9, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I had a prof in Real Analysis (advanced calc) that would purposely give us work we couldn’t do yet. After getting a 31 on a the 1st test worth 135, I was ready to drop the class. Then I saw the A in the corner and when I asked (also noticed that I had the 2nd highest score)him, he said

“This is the test you should be able to complete at the end of this semester”. He wanted to see what we’d do. How many of us ran around in circles fooling w/ every algebra and proof trick we knew, and how many of us did nothing? He said I got an A because I attempted each problem, tried a few things and then even wrote (at the end of each problem) that I didn’t know how to proceed. So I didn’t try too much and didn’t quit at the beginning. Anyways, this thread is starting to look like the circus of my fellow students’ tests in that class.October 10, 2008 at 8:04 am

X-7=19+X

2X-7+7=19+7

2X=26

X=13

October 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Bissdogg = FAIL

(You added X to the left hand side, and subtracted X from the right hand side.)

October 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Omg you dropouts.

x-7 = 19 + x

(tansfer numbers so that numerical values and variables are together.)

x – x = -7 +19

(x is found;however, cancels out)

(x is replaced by 0)

0 = -7 +19

0 = 12

.’. eq > or = WTF?

It’s impossible.

X must be given.

I’m in grade 11, I learned this in class last year,and people with Univiersity degrees agree with me, even if people with English degrees don’t agree with my spelling.

October 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

And btw, he was joking about being able to solve it.