# 100 ways to write a #

1. Jan 20, 2013

### hitscan

100 ways to write the same number: 4, ill start

1. 4
2. four
3. 4.00
4. 100/25
5. |-4|
6. 4/1
7. -1/4
8. 0100

Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
2. Jan 20, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

why? there are as many ways as there are natural numbers and maybe if they cant be counted.

3. Jan 20, 2013

### Mensanator

smallest positive integer (a) such that (g) is also an integer in

g = (8a - 5)/9

4. Jan 20, 2013

### phinds

Is there a point to this or are you just curious if it can be done?

5. Jan 20, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

there's a famous Chinese story called the Ten Stone Lions all written with different characters that are pronounced with the same sound "shur" but all with varying tones in Mandarin chinese.
- ten=shur
- stone=shur
- lion=shur.

6. Jan 20, 2013

### Mute

Maybe that's how it would sound if it's someone from Beijing doing the talking. =P

As for the OP's topic, if 4.00 is a valid variation, then how about we just do

$$4.\underbrace{0\dots0}_{\mbox{n zeros}}$$
for n = 1 to 100 and call it a day? =P

7. Jan 21, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

1. -1/4 isn't one of the ways to write 4.
As for the last one on your list, it needs to be understood that you're writing it in base-2.

Anyway, what's the point of this?

8. Jan 21, 2013

### micromass

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