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1 = 2

Math brain teasers require computations to solve.

 

Puzzle ID:#21464
Fun:*** (2.27)
Difficulty:*** (2.36)
Category:Math
Submitted By:munchtipq**
Corrected By:Nytwynd

 

 

 



Bob and Sue were having a discussion one day about 1 and 2. Sue reckoned she had seen a way that you could make 1 = 2 but Bob who wasn't called 'logical Bob' for nothing was obviously adamant that this just wasn't possible. Sue said "Ok smarty pants here's the equation to prove you wrong"...

Assumptions: There are two numbers, a and b, and they are equal.

Proof:

a = b

Multiply the equation by b

ab = b^2

Subtract a^2 from the equation

ab - a^2 = b^2 - a^2

Factor difference of squares

ab - a^2 = (b - a)(b + a)

Factor a on the left-hand side

a(b - a) = (b - a)(b + a)

Divide by common factor

a = (b + a)

Substitute a for b

a = (a + a)

Simplify

a = 2a

Divide by common factor

1 = 2

Question:

Bob didn't take long and found the line where there is a crucial mistake in the working though was understanding of Sue's issue as it is well hidden... can you see it?

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Comments

katiebeth123*
Mar 10, 2005

BLAH BLHA BLAH BORING
cdizzlefoshizzl
Mar 10, 2005

i liked it... maybe im just a nerd
sosweet487*
Mar 11, 2005

I did this in my math class a couple years ago. It duped me then and I didn't get it now until I saw the hint. The hint gave it away... but still a good one!
castanz**
Mar 11, 2005

BTW People here say things are nerdy or geeky. Well, Duh, look at the name of the site. Yea, I is a nerd to and proud of it.
castanz**
Mar 11, 2005

Yes, I know. The rest of the nerds are saying "to" is supposed to be "too" in my last comment. And the really nerdy ones are saying it should be "I am a nerd". I like math and chess btw.
(user deleted)
Mar 11, 2005

You can prove 0.999... = 1. Say y = .999..., then 10y = 9.999..., So, 10y - y = (9.999...) - (0.999...) = 9y. Then, 9y = 9, that implies y = 1. Therefore, 0.999... = 1.
poopieus*
Mar 12, 2005

this was soooooooooooooooo boring i hated it i rated it as BORING and o didnt vote on diffuculty
runscapekiller**
Mar 12, 2005

ok i dont get it.im in the third grade here.
melilyn*
Mar 12, 2005

I've always wanted to prove this one wrong!!
koolkat57**
Mar 16, 2005

Eh, didn't get it. `
Sane**
Mar 20, 2005

Thankyou for duplicate searching...I can't believe this slipped by even when one of the editors was the one who submitted the original one.

http://www.braingle.com/2013.html
munchtipq
Mar 21, 2005

Whoops, I did try to search, but I (stupidly) was searching on 1=2, not 2=1, so I missed the title of the other one. My bad.
Sane**
Mar 21, 2005

lol, ya I don't blame ya. It just surprises me how Mogmatt16, an editor (and creator of the original), let it slip.

Just be sure when seaching for a duplicate, don't just enter stuff like 1=2. Because if it even was "1 = 2" the search wouldn't pick it up because of the spaces. I think I searched for "what is wrong" or something along those lines in the answer field.
sotnakitt
Mar 23, 2005

This is a fairly old problem i believe, lol i mean i knew the answer before i read the problem.
My teacher had to ruin a possibly great problem by introducing and immediately solving this one, when i was first learning algebra.
robinmckenzie*gb
Mar 25, 2005

Nice problem. Didn't find it particularly hard, but still good to work the old grey matter.

More like this, please!
trumpetduck13
Apr 03, 2005

I'm CONFUZZLED
Ms50cent*
Apr 17, 2005

This wuz sure stupid one.nerdy.
brianz**
Apr 23, 2005

By the way, there's another one that's similar to this.

a=b
a^2=ab
a^2+a^2=ab+a^2
a^2+a^2-2ab=ab+a^2-2ab
2a^2-2ab=a^2-ab
2(a^2-ab)=a^2-ab
2=1

Of course, it doesn't work because when you divide by a^2-ab at the end, you're dividing by 0.



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