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Lewis Carroll's puzzler
Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:31 AM
Assume that x=0.
divide by x on both sides. you will find...
that 3=4! How is this?
Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:11 AM
hence, this is not possible.
3x can equal 4x, but 3x/x does not equal 4x/x, because those would both be undefined numbers.
on top being an author, mathematician, logician, inventor, photographer, and a clergyman; wasnt Dodgson also an alleged pedophile?
Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:39 PM
subtract 3x from both sides and you get:
However, that would not explain how you get 3=4.
If you were to plug 0 in for x you would get:
Divide by x on both sides and you get
Since dividing by 0 results in an impossible number, you wouldn't be able to reach any further steps
I learned complex and imaginary numbers a few weeks ago in Algebra 2 and if I remember correctly, dividing by 0 produces neither of these.
My friend studies calculus a lot in his spare time (we're both only High School Freshmen ) and he was trying to explain to me what happens when you divide by 0...
I didn't really get it because he used integrals and stuff.
But still... I don't think this would work
Anyway, I'm sure that I'm overthinking this and that there's a much simpler solution, but I can't find it so there!
To quote my Algebra Teacher
"Dividing by 0 would be like saying you had 0 of "x" and
then you used "x" amount of something, for example:
I have ) pieces of pie and I eat 4 of them because apparently
I can conjure up matter out of nothingness!"
Thus, to divide by 0, you would either be god, or Chuck Norris
Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:59 PM
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