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100 ways to write a #

  1. Jan 20, 2013 #1
    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
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  3. Jan 20, 2013 #2

    jedishrfu

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    why? there are as many ways as there are natural numbers and maybe if they cant be counted.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2013 #3
    smallest positive integer (a) such that (g) is also an integer in

    g = (8a - 5)/9
     
  5. Jan 20, 2013 #4

    phinds

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    Is there a point to this or are you just curious if it can be done?
     
  6. Jan 20, 2013 #5

    jedishrfu

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    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.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2013 #6

    Mute

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    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
     
  8. Jan 21, 2013 #7

    Mark44

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    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?
     
  9. Jan 21, 2013 #8

    micromass

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    This does not meet the guidelines of the mathematics forums.
     
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