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    Posted: December 22 2011 at 08:35
Two different calculations:

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 -173
=169

  342
 -173
=147

So which one do you prefer?
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Err, the correct one? 
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They are both correct.
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147.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 08:49
Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.
 
In that case I vote for the one which is most correct: 169.
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Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...
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I vote for this as the strangest pool i'we seen so far
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i have seen stranger pools
Yonder Yonder Yonder Yonder Yonder Yonder
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"Base eight is just like base ten really – if you’re missing two fingers."
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Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...

You don't have to be great at maths to know the answer.
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Is it any wonder the Greek economy is in the situation it is with math like that? LOLWink
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 09:00
Originally posted by rushfan4

Is it any wonder the Greek economy is in the situation it is with math like that? LOLWink

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I’m not Greek, and as far as I know the Norwegian economy is quite strong.

Have a look at this:

http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/t/tomlehrer3903/newmath185502.html
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 09:11
Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...

You don't have to be great at maths to know the answer.


You know it was a metaphor meaning to say I was rubbish at maths and I actually do need explaining to get it. Wink

I'll let you guys have a bit more fun then I'll be waiting to be enlightened. :P I suppose it's all about "reading" it not like a subtraction but something else (which would explain the possibly eccentric position of the minus), but I don't know any other way to read it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote refugee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 09:28
Originally posted by tamijo

I vote for this as the strangest pool i'we seen so far


Thanks! That was my goal with the poll!

Actually, I was inspired by all the Genesis/Yes/Rush polls we’ve seen recently, and even more by the Suggestions thread in Just For Fun.

@Alex: It’s a song by Tom Lehrer. It’s called New Math, and I posted a link to the lyrics in my last post.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 09:58
Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...

You don't have to be great at maths to know the answer.


You know it was a metaphor meaning to say I was rubbish at maths and I actually do need explaining to get it. Wink

I'll let you guys have a bit more fun then I'll be waiting to be enlightened. :P I suppose it's all about "reading" it not like a subtraction but something else (which would explain the possibly eccentric position of the minus), but I don't know any other way to read it.

It's addition/subtraction in base 8, which means the only "numbers" you have available to you are 0 through 7.

So in base 8, 7+1=0, 7+2=1, 7+3=2, etc.

You can google modulo arithmetic to learn more.


Edited by Padraic - December 22 2011 at 09:59
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Originally posted by refugee

I’m not Greek, and as far as I know the Norwegian economy is quite strong.

Have a look at this:

http://www.stlyrics.com/songs/t/tomlehrer3903/newmath185502.html
OK, I was just basing my comment on your location.  I probably have read before that you weren't from Greece, but just forgot.
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No problem! And Tom Lehrer is American, by the way …
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:28
Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...

You don't have to be great at maths to know the answer.


You know it was a metaphor meaning to say I was rubbish at maths and I actually do need explaining to get it. Wink

I'll let you guys have a bit more fun then I'll be waiting to be enlightened. :P I suppose it's all about "reading" it not like a subtraction but something else (which would explain the possibly eccentric position of the minus), but I don't know any other way to read it.

It's addition/subtraction in base 8, which means the only "numbers" you have available to you are 0 through 7.

So in base 8, 7+1=0, 7+2=1, 7+3=2, etc.

You can google modulo arithmetic to learn more.


Thanks Pat. I've never heard of this.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2011 at 10:32
Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by Padraic

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Originally posted by refugee

They are both correct.


How so? I might be missing something, I was never great at maths, but still...

You don't have to be great at maths to know the answer.


You know it was a metaphor meaning to say I was rubbish at maths and I actually do need explaining to get it. Wink

I'll let you guys have a bit more fun then I'll be waiting to be enlightened. :P I suppose it's all about "reading" it not like a subtraction but something else (which would explain the possibly eccentric position of the minus), but I don't know any other way to read it.

It's addition/subtraction in base 8, which means the only "numbers" you have available to you are 0 through 7.

So in base 8, 7+1=0, 7+2=1, 7+3=2, etc.

You can google modulo arithmetic to learn more.


Thanks Pat. I've never heard of this.

No problem.  Actually, I need to amend my example- it's 7+1=10, 7+2=11, etc.  Once it "overflows" you get another digit, just as in base 10, 7+3=10.
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