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#11 PolishNorbi

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:26 PM

By the dictionary, a curve is a contionously bending line. Which would mean, if a line is bending or wiggly that by definition is a curve.

But lets look at something else for a second;
English Dictionary states, adding is to increase something.
So who is right in this scenario with this statement 1 + (-1);
Mathematics say the answer is 0, yet that answer goes against the very first definition of adding.

Mathematic definition are completely different then English definitions. IE; What we call a straight line is really a line segment. What we call a "Infinite Line" is really just a line.

I love how you attack the definition part, yet descartes defined a line mathetically before any english dictionary was around. Which still leads me to this;

Explain to me how every line can be descrbed in y = mx + b, but yet if a curved line would exist it could not be described by this so thus a curved line can not exist.
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#12 moneybags962

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 11:38 PM

um this was sort of touched upon...
a line is technically a bunch of points in space, or a dot


but there are probably other ways to make one hundred with a single line
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#13 Lost in space

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:01 AM

By the dictionary, a curve is a contionously bending line. Which would mean, if a line is bending or wiggly that by definition is a curve.

Sorry PN, Not the dictionary I used.

English Dictionary states, adding is to increase something.
So who is right in this scenario with this statement 1 + (-1);
Mathematics say the answer is 0, yet that answer goes against the very first definition of adding.

off at a tangent here PN
Adding now means the result must be a higher number? My dictionary says "processing two or more numbers".

Mathematic definition are completely different then English definitions. IE; What we call a straight line is really a line segment. What we call a "Infinite Line" is really just a line.

the topic never stated MATHMATICS

I love how you attack the definition part,

Not an attack PN. At best we are arguing (Not mathamtical term)

descartes defined a line mathetically before any english dictionary was around. Which still leads me to this;

Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.) he also said, and was French. And yes modern english has changed, and the first New english dictionary was about 40 or so years after Descartes. But do modern terms not apply ???? Is Descartes the only definitive source ???

Explain to me how every line can be descrbed in y = mx + b, but yet if a curved line would exist it could not be described by this so thus a curved line can not exist.

Well you are using the term curved line - but you say it does not exist??????
A line can deviate/change direction and be wigglely or what ever, Draw a line free hand - it won't be straight!

Bottom line (straight or not) the OP did NOT specify Math, only to arrive at a result.
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#14 bonanova

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 03:56 AM

I do not agree with these answers as a line must be straight, by definition. Also by definition, my simple answer is as simple:

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PN, I'd have to say your answer does not solve the puzzle.
You say draw the line x=100.
That's already seven lines before you start - yours makes eight. :o

If you can assume some existing indication of "100", you don't even
have to draw one line; just point to the "100". So it seems clear that
you can't assume an existing "100" indicator.

Take a blank sheet of paper and create "100" with a single line. ;)
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 04:08 AM

How do you make 100 with one line. (there may be more than one answer. i don't know)

i will post the answer later.

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its C
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#16 ent474

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 02:29 AM

i love it when you fight, all of you.

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#17 Jordanmax

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 02:44 AM

or connect all the digits
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