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May 02, 2006

1 equals 2


Albert Eistein once said, "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." That's the buga-boo.

My students did not believe me when I told them that, using Algebra, I could prove that 1 equals 2.

Picking up a stubby piece of chalk, I aproached the black board and scrawled the proof below. Then I asked the students to consider each step very carefully.


I challenged them to prove me wrong. Can you?

Posted by roadapples at May 2, 2006 12:04 PM

What a naughty boy for dividing by 0!

Posted by: Paul at May 2, 2006 06:16 PM

The stuff I'm eating is Camp Pie or canned corned beef. Very fatty but just the right thing to have on damper out bush. Damper is a simple bush bread cooked on the coals of the fire.

Maths was never my strong point; but if 2=1 I've already lost half my weight. Well done!!

Posted by: Tjilpi at May 2, 2006 07:22 PM

No, I can't prove you wrong. Algebra was the only subject I ever made a "D" in.

Posted by: kenju at May 2, 2006 09:23 PM


glad to help.

Einstein also said, "Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."

Posted by: road apples [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2006 10:38 PM

You cannot divide by (r-s) because r=s. You're wrong.

Posted by: Constantin COCIOABA at May 4, 2006 09:11 AM

Bien venido a mi mundo Constantin! Usted tiene razón. Bein!

Posted by: road apples [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2006 09:22 AM

Kind of reminds me how Douglas Adams proves that we are all a figment of our own imaginations in his hitchhikers series.

Posted by: Strode at May 5, 2006 05:21 AM

Muchas gracias pero no me hablas de Usted! Tengo solamente 28 años este mes :=)
And you can write me in english. I am a native romanian speaker. Spanish and english are secondary languages for me :))) Well .. and sometimes a little bit of french :P

Posted by: Constantin COCIOABA at May 7, 2006 10:18 AM

You wouldnt' have a son who is strong in maths would you??

Posted by: Tjilpi [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2006 06:13 AM

Posted by: road apples [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2006 07:12 AM