November 18, 2008
Did You Know That… 2=1?
No, this is not a commercial of any kind (trying to convince you that if you buy 1 you will get 2)! This is just a mathematical proof that 2=1. I remember that my math teacher in high school first showed me this. I was quite impressed! A few days ago I randomly encountered the proof and recalled it. Here it is:
X = Y X*X = Y*X ; Multiply by X X*XY*Y = Y*XY*Y ; Subtract Y*Y from both sides (XY)*(X+Y) = Y*(XY) ; Some standard conversions X+Y = Y ; Cancel out (XY) 2*X = X ; Use that X = Y 2 = 1 ; Divide both sides by X
Are you convinced now? π
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