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- Jan 26th 2010, 12:38 PM #1

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## 2=1 ?

Hello,

I have a question regarding a problem that my prof gave me:

x=y

then

x² = xy

x²- y²= xy- y²

(x-y) (x+y) = (x-y) y

x+y= y

y+y=y

2y=y

which would mean that 2=1

Can someone**explain**me where the problem is?

Thanks in adavance!

- Jan 26th 2010, 12:40 PM #2

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- Jan 26th 2010, 12:40 PM #3

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- Jan 26th 2010, 12:41 PM #4

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