The Instigator
Jackie-Chan
Pro (for)
Losing
28 Points
The Contender
righty10294
Con (against)
Winning
30 Points

Two is equal to one.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/7/2008 Category: Science
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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Jackie-Chan

Pro

Let a = b.
Then a^2 = ab.
Subtract b^2 from both sides.
Then a^2-b^2=ab-b^2.
Use difference of squares.
(a+b)(a-b)=b(a-b)
Divide both sides by (a-b).
Then a+b=b.
Now let a=1, then b=1.
Substitute a=1 and b=1 into a+b=b.
Thus 2=1.
righty10294

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Jackie-Chan

That formula is totally wrong. You jump from a+b=b. The only number possible for A is 0, but you don't explain enough. Then at the bottom, 2+1=1, then the next line is, "thus 2=1" if you count your fingers, 2 plus 1 is 3 fingers.

I make it easy, you have 2 apples. I have one apple. They are same size, shape, etc. Who has more, me or you? It isn't equal.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Daddy_Warbux 9 years ago
Daddy_Warbux
Righty10294's argument is right but with a bad argument. Look at Miserlou's comment. You cannot divide by zero.
Posted by Stashu18 9 years ago
Stashu18
wats funny is that in higher up math like calculus the formulas you are given will come out so 2=1 or or somthing like that it possible to prove but quite simply you went about it the wrong way
Posted by Miserlou 9 years ago
Miserlou
You fall apart at (a+b)(a-b)=b(a-b). You can't divide by (a-b), because if a=b then (a-b)=0 and you can't have 0 in the denominator.
Posted by Raisor 9 years ago
Raisor
Ha, this is really funny.

I voted Pro in every one of these except for the debate where Con actually showed what was mathemtically wrong.

Nice try con, but if his math is correct you could say a and b are anynumber you want so long as they are equal.
Posted by TadesseT 9 years ago
TadesseT
your math is off my friend
Posted by righty10294 9 years ago
righty10294
i said (or ment) a=2 and b=1, then 1=2 is 3
Posted by Jackie-Chan 9 years ago
Jackie-Chan
a+b+b.
You said that a+b is 3. I disagree.
Counting on your fingers, 1+1=2.
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