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01-24-2009, 11:39 AM #1
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My proof that 2=1

Ok so start by letting X=1

Therefore
X[sup]2[/sup]=X

Subtract 1 from both sides
(X[sup]2[/sup]-1)=(X-1)

Difference of two squares
(X+1)(X-1)=(x-1)

Cancel out (X-1) and we have
(X+1)=1

Substitue 1 back in place of X and...
2=1

8-)

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01-24-2009, 11:41 AM #2
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Re: My proof that 2=1

That is what happens when you.... :

Well I'll let you figure it out.

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01-24-2009, 01:52 PM #3
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Re: My proof that 2=1

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Re: My proof that 2=1

And that's my proof that study = fail
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Re: My proof that 2=1

Quote:
 Originally Posted by Xplorer877 That is what happens when you.... : Well I'll let you figure it out. -Tony
Divide by zero?

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Re: My proof that 2=1

Wrong,

you can't cancel out (X-1) with (X-1) because you stated that X=1, ergo (1-1)=0 and you can't do 0/0.

Or this will happen:

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Re: My proof that 2=1

That reminds me of this 1 I just saw recently.

Let a = x
a+a = a+x (add a to both sides)
2a = a+x (a+a=2a)
2a-2x = a+x-2x (subtract 2x from both sides)
2(a-x) = a+x-2x (2a-2x = 2(a=x))
2(a-x) = a-x (x-2x = -x)
2 = 1 (divide both sides by a-x)

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Re: My proof that 2=1

Quote:
 Originally Posted by nvme That reminds me of this 1 I just saw recently. Let a * = x * * a+a * * = a+x * * (add a to both sides) 2a = a+x * * (a+a=2a) 2a-2x *= a+x-2x (subtract 2x from both sides) * 2(a-x) *= a+x-2x (2a-2x = 2(a=x)) 2(a-x) *= a-x (x-2x = -x) 2 = 1 * * (divide both sides by a-x)

It's the same thing.
If a = x then (a-x) &lt;=&gt; (x-x) = 0, so you can't eliminate (a-x) with (a-x).

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Re: My proof that 2=1

[s]Yup, just like you have to factor out binomials, you can't just &quot;divide to cancel&quot;, you actually have to divide them.

(a-x)/(a-x) is not equal to 1[/s]

Nevermind, I suck at math, it's as Niko said. *You basically set yourself for a fallacy by assuming a = x in the beginning, which would then mean:

a = x
a - x = x - x
a - x = 0

Therefore, (a-x) = 0, then (a-x)/(a-x) = 0/0 and you cannot divide by zero (see above pictures).
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Re: My proof that 2=1

Yeah math fail. It will always either be a false answer or equal the original. The problem with algebra is that it always wins.

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Re: My proof that 2=1

Quote:
 Originally Posted by rocketparrotlet Yeah math fail. *It will always either be a false answer or equal the original. *The problem with algebra is that it always wins. -Mark
I challenged algebra to a Cereal eating contest, and I won by 9560 cereal pieces.

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Re: My proof that 2=1

LOL!

Yes dividing by zero can yield slightly odd results.
So this is my 744th post! ;D

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