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# Math Trick

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### #1 yano

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 03:20 PM

No matter what (as long as you follow the directions corrently): will end up with the same answer.

muhahaha

Think of a number, any positive integer (but keep it small so you can do computations in your head). (or if you got a calculator handy, pick a large number).
1. Square it.
2. Add the result to your original number.
3. Divide by your original number.
4. Add, um.... 34.
5. Subtract your original number.
6. Divide by 7.

Edited by yano, 26 February 2006 - 03:20 PM.

### #2 ddeerrff

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Posted 26 February 2006 - 11:44 PM

Starting number = X

1. X^2

2. X^2 + X

3. (X^2 + X)/X = X + 1

4. X + 1 + 34 = X + 35

5. X + 35 - X = 35

6. 35/7 = 5
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:01 AM

That didn't take long....

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:08 AM

Lol, nice proof derf^2

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 01:01 PM

See I was hoping we'd get some people who would actually try it, before we got someone to solve it.

Like scarlett... j/k

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:48 PM

I tried it - I just tried it using X instead of a specific number.

And you're right, the answer is always 5!
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:51 PM

1. Square it.
2. Add the result to your original number.
3. Divide by your original number.
4. Add, um.... 62.
5. Subtract your original number.
6. Divide by 9.

Now the answer will always be 7

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