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# one equals two

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 Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point Started: 6/2/2011 Category: Education Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period Viewed: 1,231 times Debate No: 16834
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 Con Lots of my friends in school were telling me that 1=2. However, I would like to try and refute anyone who thinks the same.Please prove why you believe 1=2.Goodluck Report this Argument Pro Definition1=2equal- alike or likehttp://dictionary.reference.com...;1 is like 2.1 is a number like 2 is a number too.They are both integers.Both are much a like in a lot of ways.They are integers, nemebrs, prime numbers, and natural numbers.These two numbers are alike which is why some people at your school were saying that 1=2. Report this Argument Con Although I would have prefered pro to have proved why one equalled two mathmatically, I will go along with his arguments.According to pro's sources, equal does mean alike or like but he cut off the definition where he believed was necessary for him.His source:–adjective 1. as great as; the same as (often followed by to or with ):The velocity of sound is not equal to that of light. 2. like or alike in quantity, degree, value, etc.; of the samerank, ability, merit, etc.: two students of equal brilliance. 3. evenly proportioned or balanced: an equal contest.According to the first definition, 1 clearly does not equal two because 1 is not as great as/same as 2.According to the second definition, which is the definition pro decided not to fully state, 1 is not the same quantity or value of 2. Although 1 may be an integer like 2, it is too broad to call them equal. In that case, Communism and Democracy are equal because they are both, types of governments. It is like saying Saturn and the Earth are the same because they are both planets. Unless pro agrees that both examples that I have gave are equal to each other, then all his claims that 1 equals 2 is invalid.The last definition from pro's source is not relevant to this topicI have fully rebutted all of pro's claimsVote Con! Report this Argument Pro Thank you for this debate!Rebuttal"According to the first definition, 1 clearly does not equal two because 1 is not as great as/same as 2."- the statement you gave was that 1=2. The = sign is something I took as the meaning of "like" 1 is the same as 2 because the definition of same is "The same kind or category of 1 is indeed in the same categories as 2 because they are both numbers. "According to the second definition, which is the definition pro decided not to fully state, 1 is not the same quantity or value of 2. "- 1 is the same degree as 2 because they are both numbers. Degree means- "Aany of a series of steps or stages, as in a process or courseof action."http://dictionary.reference.com... "Although 1 may be an integer like 2, it is too broad to call them equal. In that case, Communism and Democracy are equal because they are both, types of governments. It is like saying Saturn and the Earth are the same because they are both planets."- I believe what you wrote is what I believed because the number 1 and 2 are alike just like the type of governments and planets. You said, "It is like saying Saturn and the Earth are the same because they are both planets." This is true because same means in the same category or thing.I have found holes in the Con's statements and rebuttal them all!Vote Pro!!Report this Argument
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Posted by dinonuggets 5 years ago
i think ilovedebate wanted something like this:

1. Let a and b be equal non-zero quantities
a = b
2. Multiply through by a
a^2 = ab
3. Subtract b^2
a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2
4. Factor both sides
(a-b) (a+b) = b (a-b)
5. Divide out (a-b)
a+b = b
6. Observing that a=b
b+b = b
7. Combine like terms on the left
2b = b
8. Divide by the non-zero b
2 = 1
Posted by nerdykiller 5 years ago
I am sorry if its not much of an argument...
I am getting busier everyday.
Posted by Brian314 5 years ago
I was going to take this... I had about three different proofs worked out, but then nerdykiller stole it from me.
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