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Problem of the Day #179: Twins! September 14, 2011

Posted by Seungln in : potd , trackback

Tandrew Ao has finally found his long-lost twin, Andrew Tao.

Andrew Tao is giving Tandrew Ao some math problems to work on. However, Tandrew Ao’s world has a math that is slightly different from the math of Andrew Tao’s world.

For example, when given the same equation: $7x^2 = -28$, Andrew Tao will say $\pm 2i$ as the answer. Tandrew Ao will say $\pm 2$ as his answer. Both are correct, depending on which math they use.

For another example, Andrew Tao will solve $4x^2 + 4x + 1 = 0$ as $x = \displaystyle -\frac{1}{2}$, while Tandrew Ao will solve it as $x = \displaystyle \frac{i}{2}$.

If so, then What would be Tandrew Ao’s solution for the equation $x^3 – 7x^2 + 14x – 8 = 0$ be?

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