Basic rule is that: a/b=c/d then, a+b/a-b = c+d/c-dbut suppose

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Basic rule is that:

a/b=c/d then, a+b/a-b = c+d/c-d

but suppose if we apply "componendo dividendo" just to the RHS TWICE, we get the original number... consider the example : 16/4 (which we know is equal to 4 or rather 4/1)
now applying componendo dividendo just once to 16/4 ,
we get 20/12 , then again applying componendo dividendo to
20/12 , we get 32/8 ,which is equal to 4/1 or 4.
but i know this is not even componendo -dividendo theorem,
but when we apply it twice to the RHS v get back the RHS......
this was quite useful when solving a trigonometry problem....but according to the teachers there is no such, not very useful.
so, the question is ,what is it that you find wrong with this "theory" i used.(if any,specify)......??
Re: Componendo-dividendo

Whatever you said in your post is complete correct. What exactly did you want to ask??
Re: Componendo-dividendo

Basic rule is that:

a/b=c/d then, a+b/a-b = c+d/c-d
If the second equation is
[tex]\frac{a+b}{a-b} = \frac{c+d}{c-d}[/tex]
then what you have written is incorrect. What you wrote is the same as a + (b/a) - b = c + (d/c) - d.

When you write fractions with numerators or denominators with multiple terms, you need to used parentheses around the entire numerator or denominator, like so:
(a+b)/(a-b) = (c+d)/(c-d)

(Or learn to write then using LaTeX...)
Re: Componendo-dividendo

micromass, thakyou for replying.My question is whether you can point out any mistake in it.

and Mark44
Sorry for not putting it in the parenthesis.What i actually meant to post was
(a+b)/(a-b) = (c+d)/(c-d).


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Re: Componendo-dividendo

What statement was proved?
Re: Componendo-dividendo

the above statement ofcourse.
Re: Componendo-dividendo

nice theory
Your teachers are doing you a disservice by stating that there is " no such theory" when what they really mean is that there is no such commonly known useful theory. However, your proposition is correct, and provable.
For conciseness, let there be a Componendo et Dividendo operator, which we shall show as CeD{}, such that CeD{a/b} = (a+b)/(a-b)
Then the original theorem says, in our nomenclature, if a/b = c/d then Ced{a/b} = Ced{c/d}

What you are calculating then is Ced{Ced{a/b}}
Expanding, Ced{Ced{a/b}} = Ced{(a+b)/(a-b)} = ((a+b)+(a-b))/((a+b)-(a-b)) = 2a/2b = a/b. QED

Therefore the CeD of a CeD will always return the original ratio (specifically, to double the original expression). Thus it could well be called the Alicia theorem, a provable theorem. But it is unlikely to become a widely known one, since, other than its curiosity value, it does not appear to have any wide applicability as it does nothing to simplify the original expression.

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