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Old 01-03-2007, 01:38 PM   #21
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how many times can can you take away 1/2 of the contents of a cup before it is empty?
Infinite number of times
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:39 PM   #22
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Yeah, did you see that thread 5/8, really how do you mesure it 5/8 if it's not on the mesuaring thing? It's just prooves my point
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:43 PM   #23
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Bucky, 567 times approximately!
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:46 PM   #24
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24 replies and still counting!! Who needs Gobo to start threads! BTW, what does all this have to do with maths, the metric system or the man on the moon! Are you serious?
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:52 PM   #25
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Infinite number of times
Oh yeah? Halve the contents of a cup 567 times and tell me how much you got left. See what I mean? It is a reasonable shortcut to your 'infinite number of times' which would take a little longer to carry out. Incidentally, another reasonable shortcut would be 365 times or 763 if a bit more of accuracy is desired.
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:53 PM   #26
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how many times can can you take away 1/2 of the contents of a cup before it is empty?

I'd say infinity.

24 posts? This thread is just getting started, I love numbers.
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:58 PM   #27
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And I agree with Katie. I thought this question was quite elemental.

What I have a mental block with is measuring butter. I actually have a hand made chart on the frig with measurements in T., oz., sticks, pounds and cups. I get butter in many different forms so I imagine that contributes to my confusion.
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I'd say infinity.

24 posts? This thread is just getting started, I love numbers.
Have you ever tried to halve (not to mention quarter) a single grain of rice or a particle of powdered sugar? If yes, tell me how you do it. I would like to sharpen my maths too!
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:10 PM   #29
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boufa, I don't get it. Do you mean mathmatically or physically? But the answer would still be, no
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boufa, I don't get it. Do you mean mathmatically or physically? But the answer would still be, no
bethzaring, my post was meant as a joke! It seems that too many people here got sidetracked with higher mathematics and lost sight of simple practical ways to resolve ordinary little problems. Mathematics is useful to solve problems not to create bigger ones. Yes, mathematics might tell you that removing one half of the contents of a cup each time would take infinite turns at it in order to empty the cup, ie. the cup would never be emptied. You may agree with this. However, mathematics also predict that if you take a hot pan out of your oven and put it out to cool in your kitchen, it will also take infinite time to reach the exact temperature of your kitchen ie. it will never cool to the same temperature as that of your kitchen. Does your practical experience agree with this? Mathematics does have its limitations after all.
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