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#### -xPloit Moderators I think you're supposed to tell us about yourself...not say that you joined! ur a bad Canadian, haha. Welcome

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C# \ VB Coder for hire Click the banner to join!  -xPloit wrote:I think you're supposed to tell us about yourself...not say that you joined! ur a bad Canadian, haha. Welcome
Well, as xPloit said, I'm Canadian, I'm a whiz at batch, I'm 15, and I currently have an 91 average in school. I'll answer practically any (appropriate) question you ask.

#### -xPloit Moderators I have a question. Literally, came straight out of my college textbook:

If 3 * 5 = 4 ; 3 * 6 = 3 and 2 * 8 = 2. What does 1 * 7 =?

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#### awestom -xPloit wrote:

If 3 * 5 = 4 ; 3 * 6 = 3 and 2 * 8 = 2. What does 1 * 7 =?

wow       -xPloit wrote:I have a question. Literally, came straight out of my college textbook:

If 3 * 5 = 4 ; 3 * 6 = 3 and 2 * 8 = 2. What does 1 * 7 =?
Well, if we're in some messed up alternate universe where:
if x is odd and y is odd then xy=x+1
if y is even then xy=x

Then 1*7 must equal 2!

#### -xPloit Moderators but what would happen if i changed the order of x and y? The product would remain the same, but x and y would be the opposite.

2 * 3 = 6
3 * 2 = 6

same answer, same "X and Y" but X==Y && Y==X

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C# \ VB Coder for hire Click the banner to join!  -xPloit wrote:but what would happen if i changed the order of x and y? The product would remain the same, but x and y would be the opposite.

2 * 3 = 6
3 * 2 = 6

same answer, same "X and Y" but X==Y && Y==X
But is that in your textbook?

#### -xPloit Moderators I dont have the book anymore, I just remember the problem. I emailed my teacher the answer and here's what I said

I am giving up on this one. Mainly because of one thing that I cannot wrap my head around. The question of this question really is "What does 7 equal?" (1 * 7 = 7)

But the thing that I am unable to get past is this:

3 * 5 = 4

3 * 6 = 3

--therefore--

3 * 5 > 3 * 6

...

5 > 6

I can't work with that...A few things I did try that might be worth advancing on is that I took the equations and broke them down to find the relationship between the numbers, based on what 1 =. For example,

2 * 8 = 2

16 = 2

1 = 8

each number in this equation is 1/8 of it's written value.

But

3 * 6 = 3

18 = 3

1 = 6

each number in this equations is 1/6 of it's written value.

This is the second thing that I'm really concerned about. It's not consistent. Which makes me feel like this question is not based on solid logistics. The numbers don't support the reason.

The other thing is this

3 * 5 = 4

3 * 6 = 3

4 + 3 = 7

7 = (3 * 5) + (3 * 6)

Those were the two things that I thought would get me somewhere, but mainly due to the two reasons I said, I really do not see any logical way to attack this problem.

He never replied back XD

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