Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fail maths fail

4 comments:

Ray said...

Well, yes, but only if addition is commutative. The more precise sum is no study + study = fail + no fail, and properly factored that is (no + 1)*study = (1 + no)*fail. Quaternions and matrices have noncommutative multiplication, and there are more esoteric systems in which addition also fails (FAILS?) to commute.

Anonymous said...

Could someone explain to me how this works? I failed maths.

ilupper said...

Why would No Study be added to Study?

Charles Swann said...

I think the real problem is that you haven't defined what the word "no" means. And if I'm right after reading the whole deduction, I'd say that the word "no" could be replaced by "-1". When you say

no study + study = fail + no fail
(no + 1)*study = (1 + no)*fail

I presume that that "1" from the addition means an affirmative asertion about studying or failing, so the "no", which is the negation, could be the "-1".

If we assume that, the fail in the prove is that you have divided by 0, as no + 1 = -1 + 1 = 0, which is impossible.