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15 years ago
#4441
(Original post by Camford)
A friend (going Christ but don't use UKL) and I spent about 40 mins on this problem during a maths lesson 3 months ago. We managed to get two sequences of numbers which generate numbers that fit the criteria of the quetions when put into a equation. But, unfortunately, I lost the sheet of paper to my beloved bin bag after the lesson. So, now, I'm just as clueless as you are, mate.
It's difficult! Rather at a brick wall.

Were your sequences recursive, or did they have like a general term? My brain much prefers the latter.
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15 years ago
#4442
**yawns**
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15 years ago
#4443
(Original post by visesh)
**yawns**
sorry
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15 years ago
#4444
(Original post by Ticki)
There's a second-year historian whose nickname is Jesus. Does that count? I think his real name is Vittorio - not sure he knows about his nickname. He's friends with a beast of an Etonian called Henry. His nickname is Henry IX of Trinity College. Not sure which is less flattering.
he's always early! he's never late! I like to call him Harry the Eighth!
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15 years ago
#4445
SUCCESS!!!!!

n = root(.25 + .5r^2) - .5

WHERE r is an even number!!!!!!!!!

WOHOOO!!!!!

I DID IT!!!!

TAKE THAT MATHMOS!

wanna see my working?
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15 years ago
#4446
ooops i think i made a mistake!

lol
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15 years ago
#4447
(Original post by crana)
he's always early! he's never late! I like to call him Harry the Eighth!
:s
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15 years ago
#4448
(Original post by Willa)
ooops i think i made a mistake!

lol
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15 years ago
#4449
Visesh, go to bed!

(Original post by Willa)
ooops i think i made a mistake!

lol
Yeah, I randomly tried r = 48 in your formula and pulled out a horrible decimal.
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15 years ago
#4450
(Original post by Squishy)
Visesh, go to bed!
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15 years ago
#4451
(Original post by polthegael)
The woman has to wait until her hormone levels are back in sync after child birth before starting up a regular menstral cycle again. It would also, I'd guess, be quite painful that soon after chidbirth!

My reasoning is not sound (nor is it even reasoning at all!) but I think it's a more likely answer than the even number hypothesis beneath my last post.
another point is that one baby could have been premature so making it easier to have another baby sooner

my dad is only 11 months older than his sister... and neither were premature
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15 years ago
#4452
no...my equation only works for certain values of r

for r=2 it works, but not for r=4 (because it doesnt give a whole num), but for r=12, and r=70 and r=408 it works

so in reality, i'm no closer than we were beofre....damn!
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15 years ago
#4453
(Original post by visesh)
Well OK, imagine that a beautiful girl just said that to you.
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15 years ago
#4454
(Original post by Squishy)
Well OK, imagine that a beautiful girl just said that to you.
Well I wont have to imagine it if her bloody phone was on
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15 years ago
#4455
It does tell you that there is AN eldest child though.

I think pol's possibly got the right answer although the logic he used is definitely not entirely the same as my maths teacher's!
even if you had twins one is older
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15 years ago
#4456
(Original post by visesh)
Well I wont have to imagine it if her bloody phone was on
Girls are a waste of time.

(awaits a torrent of abuse)
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15 years ago
#4457
(Original post by crana)
even if you had twins one is older
Well, one is born first, but they were conceived at the same time.
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15 years ago
#4458
(Original post by Squishy)
Well, one is born first, but they were conceived at the same time.
well, if you have 2 kids conceived on the same day and one is born 2 months prematurely then that one is considered 2 months older apart from for developmental consideratiomns.. its the same thing.

Anyway, if they were't monozygotic, one coud have been conceived slightly later
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15 years ago
#4459
(Original post by crana)
Anyway, if they were't monozygotic, one coud have been conceived slightly later
My, we are arguing technicalities aren't we!
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15 years ago
#4460
(Original post by Squishy)
My, we are arguing technicalities aren't we!
I'm sure you started it, woman-hater.

(Original post by Squishy)
Well, one is born first, but they were conceived at the same time.
You replied to Ms. Pedant.
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