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Oct3111, 09:22 PM

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This should illicit a chuckle or perhaps despair in humanity.
The statement "One silver piece is equivalent to two copper pieces" is not equivalent to the equation "S = 2C" (Where S = silver and C = copper). I cannot for the life of me figure out why. I can work out every other way that to find the number of silver pieces you take the number of copper pieces and divide by two, and therefore it becomes "S = C/2", but I cannot look at the original statement and explain precisely why that makes sense. I'm a physics major. 


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Oct3111, 09:23 PM

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What?



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Oct3111, 09:28 PM

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Oct3111, 09:40 PM

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Fundamental Math Failing



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Oct3111, 09:57 PM

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The problem is that you're using the same symbol to mean two different things. In the equation S=2C, S and C stand for the value of the silver and copper pieces. But in the equation S=C/2, S and C stand for the number of silver and copper pieces that you have (assuming that currency can be exchanged at will). Since the two equations are modeling different things, it is no surprise that the equations are different.



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Oct3111, 10:03 PM

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Citan Uzuki, thank you very much. Order has been restored. I am quite a fool.



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