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Can you solve this problem?

Asked by Dutchess_III (40367points) 1 week ago

This math puzzler.

Please don’t share your solution until we can be reasonably sure that everyone has had a wack at it. You can message me, though, if you want.

Hint: There are actually 2 possible ways to solve this.

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Brian1946's avatar

That’s so easy: 6+u=H. ;-p

ragingloli's avatar

easy: 5+4 ≠ 4

ragingloli's avatar

Or turn the 6 into a 0. Your pick.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Thanks to Raggy there are now 3 answers.

MrGrimm888's avatar

“Math is hard.” “Let’s go shopping.” – Barbie.~~~

ragingloli's avatar

“Math is not the only thing that is hard” – Ken

MrGrimm888's avatar

I was referring to the “talking Barbie” fiasco about 15, or more years ago. She said lots of controversial stuff, that made women look stupid, and materialistic.

Ken can’t get hard. Well. The last Ken doll I saw, was probably 25 years ago. But he used to just have a smooth bulge. In fact, I don’t think he can technically be called a he. More of an it…

Dutchess_lll's avatar

All of Ken is hard. So is Barbie. Especially her boobs.

filmfann's avatar

I thought we weren’t supposed to share answers.
Too easy. I know an unmentioned answer

MrGrimm888's avatar

Hmm….Guess that’s true. Weren’t their heads soft?

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Yes. When they had heads that weren’t ripped of they were soft.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I have many skill sets. Math, beyond basics, is something that I gave up on long ago. I doubt I can remember how to do long division even. I didn’t even look at the problem. It just reminded me of the old talking Barbie… Sorry to hijack your thread. I had spent hours, without power, and was just bored, so when I got my power back, I got into a thread, I had no business contributing to. Apologies… Filmfan, has an answer…

MrGrimm888's avatar

After actually lookin at the problem. None of the above answers follow the guidelines. It says ”remove just one stick.” It does not say to move a stick. So, all above answers, are wrong…

ragingloli's avatar

No, it definitely says ‘move’.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Ah
So it does. Well, even I could have solved that…

LostInParadise's avatar

There are two solutions, neither of which has been mentioned.

Here is a fun problem. You have a balance scale and 4 weights, each of which is a whole number of pounds. You can add weights by placing them in the same pan or subtract weights by putting them in different pans. By adding and subtracting weights you can get any net weight from 1 to 40 lbs. What are the 4 weights?

seawulf575's avatar

Turn the 6 into a 5 and the 4 in the answer to a 9.

Dutchess_III's avatar

OK, here are the solutions:

1)This is one Raggy figured out. 0 + 4 = 4.
2) 5 + 4 =9
3) 8 – 4 = 4

If you have other solutions please let us know.

ragingloli's avatar

Only if you consider that a 9 without the horizontal line at the bottom.
Which I do not.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What? You move the blue stick off of the left side of the 6 and add it to the top of the 4 in answer. It’s a digital 9.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I do stand corrected on the “digital” comment, but I hand write 9s all the time without the bottom horizontal line.

ragingloli's avatar

And I write my 7s like this

Dutchess_III's avatar

But even if you didn’t I’d still recognize it as a 7.

ragingloli's avatar

Not in this context.

LostInParadise's avatar

Maybe the second solution is more acceptable. Move the vertical line of the plus sign to change the 6 to an 8. 8 – 4 =4

Dutchess_III's avatar

They are all acceptable. Raggy is just being anal retentive.

rebbel's avatar

Without seeing it, I say possibly.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I moved the vertical yellow one from the plus sign and made the 6 into an 8. so it says 8–4=4

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