Lol. How did you get your second premise? Is this a given, or your own conclusion from a=b?The second premise doesn't follow logically from a=b. a squared = a*a = a*b, which clearly does not equal a to the b power.The only instance where that would be true is if a=2. I like algebra, but I don't blame you for hating it. =D
If a is equivalent to b, then a to the power of b is definitely the same as a squared, because presumably all the terms are the same. You're right when you say, though, that the only instance where that could be true is if a=2. Because that's what a does end up equaling.But I really have no idea. I copied this off the board in chemistry class. :P
No, if a is equivalent to b, than a * a = b * b... but that doesn't mean that a * a = a^bIf the second premise is true, b = 2, which means that a = 2, which means that... you lost me.
I . . . will take your word for it. But come ON guys, that's not even the sneaky part of the simplification. What about this?a = xa+a = a+x [add a to both sides]2a = a+x [a+a= 2a]2a - 2x = a+x-2x [subtract 2x from both sides]2(a-x) = a+x-2x [2a-2x= 2(a-x)]2(a-x) = a-x [x-2x = -x]2 = 1 [divide both sides by a-x]
easy. Remember, a=x.So,2(a-x)=a-x [from your problem]2(0)= 0 [because any number minus itself is zero.]It's impossible to divide by zero, so just multiply:0=0Ta-Da!
Bravo! But you could also say that even though it's impossible to divide by zero, canceling terms is technically dividing, so while premise six is a little sneaky, it's technically possible. Math is fallible. Who knew?
It isn't impossible to divide by zero, you just end up with infinity every time you do.
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