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Old 11-20-2008, 11:07 PM   #21
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I still don't see how you get 16, maidrite....
Can you walk this idiot thru the math steps, please?
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:35 AM   #22
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HOW'd you do that Bucky?
i'm still not sure, and i have no idea if either james or i are correct. i'm looking at a piece of scrap paper that i used to scribble out all of the long equations, and i can't make heads nor tails out of it. and i'm not about to start the calculation all over again, lol.

looking at it from a historical point of view, however, 16 might be more correct for a young lady to be courted in that era.
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:45 AM   #23
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I still don't see how you get 16, maidrite....
Can you walk this idiot thru the math steps, please?
According to James, most of the problem is just a red herring, trying to throw you off of the scent. The crux of the matter lies here (in red):

"A gentleman courting a young lady, demanded
her age. She replied..
My age is that if multiplied by three,
Two sevenths of that product trebled be
The square root of four ninths of which is four,
so tell me my age or court me no more"

If it boils down to the square root of her age being four, then it is 16.

I'm no math genius, so I'll go along with it.

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Old 11-21-2008, 12:51 AM   #24
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i see james' point, but isn't it the square root of a sum (4/9ths of 6/7ths of 3X) that equals 4?

ok, stop it. you're not dragging me back in... lol.
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That's where I got lost as well, but I think it is just worded so weirdly. I decided it wasn't worth getting a headache over! James can do the most amazing math in his head, so I'll trust him.

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