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# Matchstick Equation

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### #1 rookie1ja

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 11:28 PM

Matchstick Equation - Back to the Matchstick Puzzles
Move one matchstick to get the correct equation.

Edit: the answer is correct only to 2 decimal digits (since equals sign has to be kept).

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### #2 fosley

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 04:27 PM

To be anal, I must point out that this only works to two digits of Pi. As soon as you hit 3 digits, the answer is wrong.

22 / 7 ~=
3.1428571428571428571428571428571

Pi ~=
3.1415926535897932384626433832795
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### #3 rookie1ja

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 07:21 PM

Yes, I knew that it is not absolutely precise. Nevertheless, I like the way it's solved.
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 01:15 PM

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### #5 strikefiend

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Posted 17 May 2007 - 06:38 PM

You could actually just remove one of the matchsticks from the divide sign and place it beside the other 2 on the right side of the equals sign. This allows for the most Correct answer possible.
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### #6 slasecki

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 07:00 PM

You could also remove one of the matchsticks from the X in the top part of the equation, turning it into XIIII/VII=II (14/7=2).
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### #7 braingirl

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 04:02 PM

ya uh pi goes on forever and ever and its just really confusing...mathematicians mustve been genius to come up with that
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### #8 larryhl

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 08:11 PM

You could also remove one of the matchsticks from the X in the top part of the equation, turning it into XIIII/VII=II (14/7=2).

the problem with your solution is that it is no longer a roman numeral. 4 in roman is IV, not IIII.

You could actually just remove one of the matchsticks from the divide sign and place it beside the other 2 on the right side of the equals sign. This allows for the most Correct answer possible.

23/7 doesn't equal 3.

I have to agree with this solution as being the best answer.
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### #9 slasecki

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 06:59 PM

http://www.legionxxiv.org/numerals/
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### #10 karman

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:49 AM

Answer: 22 / 7 != 2

XXII / VII != II
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