hello all , Can u please help me understand why c) 672 is thr right answear in this one :

156(108)138

260( ? )148

a)135 , b)448 , c)672 , d)158 , e )240

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- Jul 15th 2010, 01:52 AMedendeliwhat number should be written in the brackets
hello all , Can u please help me understand why c) 672 is thr right answear in this one :

156(108)138

260( ? )148

a)135 , b)448 , c)672 , d)158 , e )240 - Jul 15th 2010, 02:08 AMguildmage
Are you sure that's how it's written? Are there no other information regarding that question?

- Jul 15th 2010, 02:15 AMedendeli
hiya , yea thats exactly how its written and thats everything , supposed to find the logic in the numbers but i cant

- Jul 15th 2010, 06:22 AMSoroban
Hello, edendeli!

If that's all that is given, there is no unique answer.

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Help me understand why $\displaystyle (c)\;672$ is the right answer:

. . $\displaystyle \begin{array}{c}156(108)138 \\ 260(\;\;?\;\;)148 \end{array}$

. . $\displaystyle (a)\;135 \qquad (b)\;448 \qquad (c)\;672 \qquad (d)\;158 \qquad (e)\;240 $

It doesn't help to say "That's exactly how it's written."

There must be some other clues somewhere . . .

Are those 9-digit numbers? .$\displaystyle \begin{array}{c}156108138 \\ 260abc148 \end{array}$

Are they sets of 3-digit numbers? .$\displaystyle \begin{array}{c}

156,\;(108),\;138 \\ 260,\;(abc),\;(148) \end{array}$

We can onlyat the intent of the problem.*guess*

Here's one guess . . .

Suppose the middle number is aof the other two numbers.*function*

. . That is: .$\displaystyle \begin{Bmatrix}f(156,138) &=& 108 \\ f(260,148) &=& ?\end{Bmatrix} \quad\Rightarrow\quad z\:=\:f(x,y)$

Then there are several brizillion possible functions.

Here's a function that produces answer $\displaystyle (c)\;672$

. . . . . $\displaystyle z \:=\:6(x-y)$

That is, subtract the two outer numbers, and multiply by 6.

But this function produces answer $\displaystyle (a)\;135$

. . $\displaystyle z \;=\;\dfrac{441}{2132}x + \dfrac{45}{82}y $

And this function produces answer $\displaystyle (e)\;240$

. . $\displaystyle z \;=\;\dfrac{714}{533}x - \dfrac{30}{41}y$

Conclusion: The author took too much cough syrup . . .

- Jul 15th 2010, 08:55 AMedendeli
Thanks very much for your reply :)

- Jul 15th 2010, 09:05 AMedendeli
But thats exactly literally everything :

25 .What number should be written in the brackets below :

158(108)138

260( ? )148

... and the possible answears below that ...

" subtract the two outer numbers, and multiply by 6" - i think thats it - Jul 15th 2010, 08:18 PMSoroban
Hello, eveyone!

I still maintain that the problem is grotesquely silly . . .

Quote:

Originally Posted by**edendeli**

That's only because we werethe answer.*given*

. . By the way,*how*were you told that the answer is (c)?

To make my point, I made up a similar problem

. .giving you the answer.*without*

Given: .$\displaystyle f(1,2) \,=\,9$

Find: .$\displaystyle f(3,7)$

. . $\displaystyle (a)\;27 \qquad(b)\;28 \qquad (c)\;29 \qquad (d)\;30 \qquad (3)\;31$

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- Jul 16th 2010, 02:26 AMedendeli
Hello again ,

I obviously havent made myself clear in my previous thread , first i meant thanks very much for taking your time replying to me , after that i just copied your suggested answear and just wrote that i think thats the right logic that they are looking for me to find ( the one you've given , not like i just found it myself ! ) and i yea i agree with you that is incredibly silly and makes no sense at all ,its from an expample test that includes 5 different moduls - maths , literature,history etc ,the maths one include 10 tasks with few " logical " problems , u only have a minute to asnwear each question as well , .... oh and i have the answeasr after each test so thats how i know its C the right answear !

and again thanks for your help .......