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Is 1+1=3 ??

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Started: 2/4/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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VITOUROUS

Pro

1st. round acceptance ,2nd. round proof ,3rd round crossing point
ajttja

Con

I accept the challenge. 1 + 1 does not equal 3.
Debate Round No. 1
VITOUROUS

Pro

Hello!

Let me say first of all that there is no real proof for the statement
1 + 1 = 3. You cannot use correct mathematics to prove an incorrect
statement.

However, there are a couple of cutesie "proofs" of stuff like this,
and you can use them to "prove" anything you want. The most
famous example is the "proof" that 1 = 0, and once you prove anything
that isn't true, you can prove ANYTHING else. You could prove that the
moon is made of green cheese. You could prove that 5 = 8. You could
prove that I'm your father. And yes, you could also prove that 1+1 = 3.
That's because the statement p => q is always true when p is false.

So that's the deal.
Let x=y. Then

x - y + y = y

x - y + y y
--------- = ---
x-y x-y

y y
1 + --- = ---
x-y x-y

1 = 0

Now we know that 1 = 1, so add the following three equations together:

1 = 0
1 = 1
1 = 1

On the right is 1+1, and on the left is 3 ones, and 3 ones make 3.
ajttja

Con

ajttja forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
VITOUROUS

Pro

VITOUROUS forfeited this round.
ajttja

Con

ajttja forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by UndeniableReality 1 year ago
UndeniableReality
And nevermind, I misread your equations again. I'm used to latex notation.

The problem is that 1/0 - 1/0 /= 0.
Posted by UndeniableReality 1 year ago
UndeniableReality
By the way, your argument is plagiarised from here: http://mathforum.org...

That will likely end up meaning an automatic loss for you.
Posted by UndeniableReality 1 year ago
UndeniableReality
VITOUROUS
That's much more readable. Thank you.
Why did you add 1 to the left side of the equation while keeping the other side the same? You completely fudged the algebra.
Posted by VITOUROUS 1 year ago
VITOUROUS
Valkrin,I thing you misread it x-x+x=x, which is true as this will show that x=x
Posted by VITOUROUS 1 year ago
VITOUROUS
UndeniableReality the equation is as follow
x-y+y=y
(x-y+y)/(x-y)=y/(x-y)
1+( y/(x-y))=y/(x-y)
1=0
thanks for the suggestion
Posted by UndeniableReality 1 year ago
UndeniableReality
Valkrin, you probably misread something. x - x + x = x is a true statement.
Posted by UndeniableReality 1 year ago
UndeniableReality
Your equations are unreadable. Please write them out more neatly, or use LateX notation, or use an equation editor to create images of your equations, or explain what you are trying to write in words, or just do a better of job of writing them out in plain text.
Posted by Valkrin 1 year ago
Valkrin
And as well, you admitted yourself you can't use normal mathematics to prove this statement is true.
So it wouldn't equal 3.
Posted by Valkrin 1 year ago
Valkrin
"Let x=y. Then

x - y + y = y"

So in other words, x-x+x=x, which is untrue. 2x doesn't equal x.
Posted by Esiar 1 year ago
Esiar
"you can use them to "prove" anything you want"
You destroyed your own argument right there...
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