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Help me solve this equation

  1. Oct 22, 2004 #1
    If cats + dogs = lamb, what does dogs equal?
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  3. Oct 22, 2004 #2
    Please simplify your answers as I'm finding this concept rather difficult to get my head around.
  4. Oct 22, 2004 #3
    Surely you just move the cats to the other side of the equals sign. Right?

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  5. Oct 22, 2004 #4


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    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?

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  6. Oct 22, 2004 #5


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    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 ?
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