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04-23-2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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Math Problem (Simple)

x*y/2=333.248
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04-23-2011, 07:49 AM   #2
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 x*y/2=333.248
Err... that's an impossible quesion if you're asking what x and y are since we haven't got enough information there.
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333.248*2=666.496

666.496/2=333.248
That wasnt simple enough?
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 333.248*2=666.496 666.496/2=333.248 That wasnt simple enough?
Please, please tell me you're joking. You understand that's just one possible solution out of an infinite number of solutions and not THE solution right?
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 Originally Posted by berry120 Please, please tell me you're joking. You understand that's just one possible solution out of an infinite number of solutions and not THE solution right?
no, i asked this on another forum and they got it on the first try this is THE answer
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 04-23-2011, 09:50 AM #7 Site Team     Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: England, UK Posts: 3,428 Re: Math Problem (Simple) Oh dear oh dear. x*y/2=333.248 / and * have equal precedence, so we work from left to right, it becomes: (x*y)/2 = 333.248 therefore: x*y = 666.496 That's the ONLY definitive thing we can get from that equation. There are an infinite number of values x and y could take to get that thing to work. x=2, y=333.248 x=1, y=666.496 x=10, y=66.6496 ... I could go on. Hence the bit about there being an infinite set of possible values. If you disagree, please explain how 666.496*1 doesn't equal 666.496... You've either not posted the question properly, or it has no definitive answers for x and y other than their product. __________________ Save the whales, feed the hungry, free the mallocs.
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 Originally Posted by Comp Explorer Two variables, but one equation, means an infinite amount of answers (is there any additional information to this problem?)
Did You Not See How I Solved It?
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 333.248*2=666.496 666.496/2=333.248 That wasnt simple enough?
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 Did You Not See How I Solved It?
You didn't solve it. You just wrote down a couple of sums. To solve it, you need to algebraically and unambiguously break it down to find the solution to x and y, you didn't mention either.

Even if you did break it down, you will just find one possible solution out of an infinite number - if you think there is just one, read a maths textbook and stop trying to post puzzles.
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