Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Does Not Compute
Subtitle: Don't tell me: You know what I mean
Since Mathematics continues to be an interest of Marcus, I am of course subscribed to a number of YouTube, RSS and Google Plus channels on the subject.
On Wednesday night I received yet another poorly specified problem.
You see, in Base 10:
The addition of 2 + 5 never equals 12
The addition of 3 + 6 never equals 21
Now this is supposed to be about Mathematics, or Problem Solving. And I just have to say something. Let us restate that:
fn (x, y) = z such that
fn (1,4) = 5
fn (2,5) = 12
fn (3,6) = 21
fn (8,11) = <the question>
Now we have a correct statement of the problem where fn (x, y) means there is some function of x and y, that gives the answer z
To me, even a dimwit can see that a possible, but perhaps not the only solution is
fn (x,y) = x * (y+1) = z
Hence fn (8,11) = 96
I'm sorry but this kind of graphic piss poor problem statement is driving me absolutely crackers, and it is just everywhere.
It is de-scrambling my logical brain, please stop it Internet.
Some videos to calm me down
Red Dwarf: Toast
Red Dwarf: Psirens
Red Dwarf: Vidaloovians
Supertramp: Hide in Your Shell