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    [Brain teaser(torturer)]My TA and Prof says this is "easy", can you figure it out?!

    Make the following true without doing ANYTHING but adding parentheses. No rebalancing, no switching operators, etc.

    m=109
    s=115

    s = 4 / m + m * m - 7 * 2 / 3


    A few of you might realize this is not actually an Algebra problem, it's from my computer science homework, but since it deals with parentheses and (sort of) order of operations, I thought it belonged here int he algebra section. Before you accuse me of wanting my homework done for me, it's a small bonus addition to the actual programming problem.

    3 professional programmers, and 1 ivy league math major (who spent hours on this) could not figure it out.

    My TA and professor say it's "easy" and "not tough"

    Can you figure it out?
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    Oh, it might help to know that it's not 115.000

    It's 115.x...n
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    Huh?
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