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# Impossible Math Question?

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 03:41 PM

You assume the sytem, and you assume the system you assumed, is closed ?

I don't see the system or the restriction you state in the OP , you invented them!
where do you aquire those terms from?

and I did not ASSUME time because adding is an operation and operations which occure in our space time take time to complete. An element of any mass exists in our space time continuem, or you wouldn't be able to EXECUTE an OPERATION on it
seems simple no?
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 03:49 PM
I don't get it. Any number except infinity will be changed by the addition of 1/2.

So my answer is what seems to be the most obvious.

Infinity.

I'm bored, so will just say this little bit:

Perhaps if you start with what seems a half, and add on another half, then what you will have is a whole. The thing is that the original half was merely confused. He thought of himself as partially incomplete, when he truly was a whole being all the time. Therefore, the seeming addition came out to the same as the original. There is no true change. The only change that takes place came from the mind's perspective rather than a physical one.
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:07 PM
infinte, can equal itself. 0 is a steady number of nothing, has no value thus cannot equal anything.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:32 PM

Originally posted by billb1215

Originally posted by demonseed

Originally posted by Wildmanimal

Zero.

or 1/2 less than Zero. If that makes it more fun.

Holiday Cheers.....Wildmanimal

Interesting...

Take nothing, add 1/2 of nothing (nothing) to it, and you still have nothing.
Hope this helps?

You must be thinking of a product because 0+.5=.5
However 0*.5=0

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:43 PM

Irrational fractions....

0+.5=.5
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:45 PM

This is why I focused on the word Element in the OP
you have two possible outcomes
one is a gradual decay of mass where the term half life applies
or if the resulting mass is temporarily over critical mass for that element the term no life applies
BOOOMB

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:46 PM

Originally posted by Danbones

as I said on pg one:

half life — symbol t1/2 — the time taken for the activity of a given amount of a radioactive substance to decay to half of its initial value.

en.wikipedia.org...

Would someone please explain to me why this doesn't satisfy the requirements as stated?

a mass of radioactive element plus half its mass equals itself...eventually
every math question on every math test any where in the known universe takes time to solve
since the time factor in this case is open ended case closed.

I don't think that satisfies the requirements because you need to account for time. so this wouldn't simply be x+1/2=x which seems to be what the OP is asking, you would need to put t into the equation to make the answer x again. You would need to be doing more than just adding 1/2.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:53 PM

Originally posted by davespanners
I'm not sure exactly what your getting at but..

There are numbers that are different but equal, 0.9999999 recurring is equal to 1 the same goes for all numbers that end in in a trailing 9 i.e. 6.7999999.... equals 6.8

Actually that's basically a logical assumption so stuff works, just like i (imaginary number). a calculator with exact answer function won't give decimals like that because technically they're approximations (which btw irritates that crap out of me lol). 0.99999999 repeating is just so infinitely close to 1 that for the most part the difference is negligible.

Another fun fact (I tried to do that equation using the Euler constant) all my calculators think e=1 but 1e=2.7182818....and yet shouldn't e=1e? Also my calculator shuts off on me every time I try to raise e to the (-1*pi) power. It really doesn't like it lol
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 04:59 PM
x + 1/3 = y ====> x =/ y

reading all the posts I wonder how many people have passed the third grade.
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 05:18 PM

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 05:22 PM

Originally posted by billb1215

Originally posted by demonseed

Originally posted by Wildmanimal

Zero.

or 1/2 less than Zero. If that makes it more fun.

Holiday Cheers.....Wildmanimal

Interesting...

Take nothing, add 1/2 of nothing (nothing) to it, and you still have nothing.
Hope this helps?

No, zero is a number as well, add zero to 1/2 and you get 1/2. Multiply zero by 1/2 you get zero. Thats like saying you can't add anything to 2 and not get 2 or for any number. Now if you put in a 3rd addition into the equation you can get that number back. This is basic math folks why is this even on the top of topics. Kinda lame and not interesting in any way shape or form.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 05:51 PM

Originally posted by Bkrmn
Three guys rent a motel room for \$30.00 . Thinking they paid too much, the desk clerk gives the bellhop \$5.00 to give back to the three guys. Instead the bellhop decides to keep \$2.00 for himself, and gives the guys back \$3.00 . So now instead of paying \$10.00 for the room, each has now paid \$9.00 .
3 X \$9.00 = \$27.00 + \$2.00 the bellhop kept = \$29.00 . Where is the other \$1.00 ?

they paid your mom with it.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:03 PM

a monatomic partical

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:08 PM
Simply stated;

If not number, then maybe what element + half of itself would = itself?

A hole.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:11 PM

Originally posted by ParkerCramer
simple.

-1/4 +1/2 = 1/4

next.

This looks right to me

(but i'm marthermatishun)

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:13 PM

Originally posted by Wobbly Anomaly

Originally posted by ParkerCramer
simple.

-1/4 +1/2 = 1/4

next.

This looks right to me

(but i'm marthermatishun)

Ya, except a -X is not the same as X...

Originally posted by Illustronic
Simply stated;

If not number, then maybe what element + half of itself would = itself?

A hole.

So the element hole, plus one half, equals the element hole.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:17 PM

Originally posted by unityemissions
Ya, except a -X is not the same as X...

If x= 0, then the above is not true.

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:23 PM

C - The speed of light.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:25 PM
1 multiplied by 0.5 = 0.5

equation: 1 x 0.5 = 0.5

There is no way you can add something to 0.5 and expect it to = 0.5 after.

posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 06:42 PM
if it's impossible why are you wasting everyone's time with it.

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