# Help me solve this equation

1. Oct 22, 2004

If cats + dogs = lamb, what does dogs equal?

2. Oct 22, 2004

3. Oct 22, 2004

### The Bob

Surely you just move the cats to the other side of the equals sign. Right?

4. Oct 22, 2004

### chroot

Staff Emeritus
Is this a problem where every letter is assigned a digit? And thus this problem is the sum of two four digit numbers? Or is it something else entirely?

- Warren

5. Oct 22, 2004

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
If it is what chroot is suggesting it is, it looks hard to figure without using a computer. Making a few simple eliminations (O=0 or 9), reduces the number of possibilities to about 10^5 - notice that there are 10 different letters, so all the digits must be used. Hmmm...looks like a toughie.

Are you just making up a generic example off the top of your head, or is this the exact question from a book or homework ? If the former, there may be no solution at all, and even if there are solutions, they may not be paper-and-pencil-able.

Are you allowed to write a program ?

Last edited: Oct 22, 2004