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    Algebra Problem: Ugh!

    Here it is. I'm not quite sure how to go about solving it.

    In the problem at the bottom, the number A represents the same number in both cases.
    Find the number C represents. If a symbol appears more that once, it represents the same number each time.

    A7
    [times]
    A
    ____
    C88


    That's it, word for word. Help please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpfulChap View Post
    Here it is. I'm not quite sure how to go about solving it.

    In the problem at the bottom, the number A represents the same number in both cases.
    Find the number C represents. If a symbol appears more that once, it represents the same number each time.

    A7
    [times]
    A
    ____
    C88


    That's it, word for word. Help please.
    Unless someone else gets a blast of intuition I think we need more information. Like, what is the context of this problem? What do "A7" and "C88" mean? The only thing I can think of is that this means
    A*7 x A = C*88
    which is clearly ridiculous as it stands. (Not to mention impossible to solve!)

    -Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    Unless someone else gets a blast of intuition I think we need more information. Like, what is the context of this problem? What do "A7" and "C88" mean? The only thing I can think of is that this means
    A*7 x A = C*88
    which is clearly ridiculous as it stands. (Not to mention impossible to solve!)

    -Dan
    Exactly. I don't get what it is saying. The work packet I'm using is rather messy though, so it might be missing something.
    Huh...
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    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    Unless someone else gets a blast of intuition I think we need more information. Like, what is the context of this problem? What do "A7" and "C88" mean? The only thing I can think of is that this means
    A*7 x A = C*88
    which is clearly ridiculous as it stands. (Not to mention impossible to solve!)

    -Dan

    No, why impossible to solve?

    I don't think it is A*7 x A = C*88 but exactly as it is: A7 * A = C88.
    Solution is then A = 4 and then C =1 because 47*4 = 188
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    Quote Originally Posted by OReilly View Post
    No, why impossible to solve?

    I don't think it is A*7 x A = C*88 but exactly as it is: A7 * A = C88.
    Solution is then A = 4 and then C =1 because 47*4 = 188
    That was that intuition thing I was referring to... Good job!

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