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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member Natural Science
    blunderer of pawns
    29 Oct '06 10:53 / 1 edit
    Take the following mathematical statement:

    1 _ 5 _ 1 _ 5 = 3

    Your job is to fill in the blanks in such a way that this statement will be true. The blanks could logically be filled with any symbol associated with math and/or numbers, as long as they make a true statement in the end. Good luck, everyone.

    Edit: thread title was supposed to continue, "...though the answer's so simple."
  2. 29 Oct '06 11:19
    Do we assume multiplication is done before adddition etc.?

    and

    Do all blanks have to be filled?
  3. Standard member Natural Science
    blunderer of pawns
    29 Oct '06 11:22
    Originally posted by danandi1
    Do we assume multiplication is done before adddition etc.?

    and

    Do all blanks have to be filled?
    Yes, all standard rules of mathematics will apply here, so assume multiplication and division is done first.

    Yes, all blanks have to be filled.

    Also, remember, the blanks are not limited to simply +, -, /, or X. ANY item associated with math and/or numbers can be used.
  4. Standard member Peakite
    Sais
    29 Oct '06 11:26
    Well that is very simple then.

    1.5+1.5=3
  5. Standard member Natural Science
    blunderer of pawns
    29 Oct '06 12:52
    Originally posted by Peakite
    Well that is very simple then.

    1.5+1.5=3
    Yeah you got it right, and made me feel like an idiot in the process. (I wasn't able to figure it out when it was shown to me.)