What about 2+3*669
Is it possible to complete the following expression
2 **** 9 = 2009
and make it true by replacing the asterisks with a selection of the four operational symbols (+ - x / ) and the two other asterisks with digits 0,1,2....,9? Operational symbols and digits can be the same.
I'd like to throw in my 2cents and look at this in a case by case basis, if I correctly understand the question.
You want to complete the expression 2****9=2009, using two digits from 0-9 and two operational symbols from (+,-,x,/).
Two operational symbols cannot go together, so I'll break this into 3 cases.
If the final S is a x, the equation is not viable as 2DSD can only produce an integer, while 2009/9=223.22....
If it is a +, that would require 2DSD=2000, not going to happen.
If it is a -, 2DSD=2018, ditto.
If it is a /, 2DSD=18081
Case 1 is will not work.
If final S is a x, the same result as Case 1
If it is a +, then 2SDD=2000, same as Case 1
If it's a -,same result as Case 1
If it's a /, same result as Case 1
Case 2 will not work.
If final S is a x, then the final D must be a 4, as 49 is a factor of 2009.
Then 2SD=41, not going to happen
If it is a +, then 2SD=2009-D9. The RHS can be at the least 1910, while the LHS can be at most 18, this won't work.
If it is a -, then, then it won't work again because of the same reason as the +.
If it's a /, it won't work just like the previous cases.
Case 3 will not work
As these are all the possible cases, I conclude that there is no solution to this question.
This is my line of reasoning and I could be wrong, so try to get a second opinion.
If exponents are allowed, then glen's solution would be correct, though it seems they aren't allowed.
Btw, who gave you get this question?