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William Elliot
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:43 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On Sun, 9 Jul 2006, Travis wrote:

 Quote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3?

What is the value of this type of stupid, unsolvable problem?
To test if the student accepts arbitrary, vague demands?

 Quote: A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why Don't. The right answer is F & G.

F. All of the above.
G. None of the above.
David C. Ullrich
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 9:46 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On Sun, 09 Jul 2006 22:09:28 -0700, Travis <notgonatellyou@mail.com>
wrote:

 Quote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3?

If this is an actual question it's an extremely
_bad_ question, unless they clarify what the heck
"an operation that includes addition and subtraction"
means. Do they explain that?

 Quote: A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why

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David C. Ullrich
jasen
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On 2006-07-10, Travis <notgonatellyou@mail.com> wrote:
 Quote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why

possibly because it's 3+3

Bye.
Jasen
William Elliot
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:33 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On Mon, 10 Jul 2006, David C. Ullrich wrote:
 Quote: Travis wrote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? If this is an actual question it's an extremely _bad_ question, unless they clarify what the heck "an operation that includes addition and subtraction" means. Do they explain that? Why bother? Take a course on how to be a psychic.

I just finished that course some timeless time ago,
and have subsequently divined the one and only true answer.

(5 + 3) - (5 - 3) 3(5 - 3) + 0 (3 - 1)(5 - 2) + 0
(4 + 1) - (4 - 1) 2(4 - 3) + 0 (2 - 1)(4 - 2) + 0
(7 + 3) - (7 - 3) 3(7 - 3) + 0 (3 - 1)(7 - 2) + 0

3 + 3 - 0 (3 - 1)(5 - 3) + (5 - 3)
1 + 1 - 0 (2 - 1)(4 - 3) + (4 - 3)
3 + 3 - 0 (3 - 1)(7 - 3) + (7 - 3)

3 + 3 + 3 - 3 Which the psychic reader will clearly see.
1 + 1 + 1 - 1
3 + 3 + 3 - 3

 Quote: A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why Naw, by my divinations, it is

F. 10
G. 12
W H G
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

"Travis" <notgonatellyou@mail.com> wrote in message
news:76o3b2tfcksuirpg7ffhm9vib3928rp4ij@4ax.com...
 Quote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why

So we see that 5 and 3 wind up at 6 and we can use + and -
5+3=8 3-3=2 combine the 8 and 2: 8-2=6 ---ok, does this work
with the next example:
4 and 1 get to 2: (4+1) - (4-1) = 2 Bingo! it worked.
Try it on 7 T 3 and get 6.

(I will agree with the comment about why have such a question)

------- W H G
matt271829-news@yahoo.co.
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Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

W H G wrote:
 Quote: "Travis" wrote in message news:76o3b2tfcksuirpg7ffhm9vib3928rp4ij@4ax.com... If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why So we see that 5 and 3 wind up at 6 and we can use + and - 5+3=8 3-3=2

Do you mean 5 - 3 = 2?

 Quote: combine the 8 and 2: 8-2=6 ---ok, does this work with the next example: 4 and 1 get to 2: (4+1) - (4-1) = 2 Bingo! it worked. Try it on 7 T 3 and get 6.

So you're suggesting that x T y = (x + y) - (x - y) = 2*y?

That doesn't look at all likely to me.
Travis
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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:59 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On 10 Jul 2006 13:06:16 -0700, matt271829-news@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

 Quote: W H G wrote: "Travis" wrote in message news:76o3b2tfcksuirpg7ffhm9vib3928rp4ij@4ax.com... If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why So we see that 5 and 3 wind up at 6 and we can use + and - 5+3=8 3-3=2 Do you mean 5 - 3 = 2? combine the 8 and 2: 8-2=6 ---ok, does this work with the next example: 4 and 1 get to 2: (4+1) - (4-1) = 2 Bingo! it worked. Try it on 7 T 3 and get 6. So you're suggesting that x T y = (x + y) - (x - y) = 2*y? That doesn't look at all likely to me.

why is that unlikely?? (x + y) - (x - y) becomes x +y -x +y and can be
reduced to y + y which does appear to be 2y thanks W H G.
matt271829-news@yahoo.co.
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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

Travis wrote:
 Quote: On 10 Jul 2006 13:06:16 -0700, matt271829-news@yahoo.co.uk wrote: W H G wrote: "Travis" wrote in message news:76o3b2tfcksuirpg7ffhm9vib3928rp4ij@4ax.com... If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why So we see that 5 and 3 wind up at 6 and we can use + and - 5+3=8 3-3=2 Do you mean 5 - 3 = 2? combine the 8 and 2: 8-2=6 ---ok, does this work with the next example: 4 and 1 get to 2: (4+1) - (4-1) = 2 Bingo! it worked. Try it on 7 T 3 and get 6. So you're suggesting that x T y = (x + y) - (x - y) = 2*y? That doesn't look at all likely to me. why is that unlikely?? (x + y) - (x - y) becomes x +y -x +y and can be reduced to y + y which does appear to be 2y thanks W H G.

It's unlikely because the first operand, x, is irrelevant to the
answer. I have absolutely no idea what answer is expected, but if the
answer depends only on the second operand then it's a pretty stoopid
question...
Travis
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Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:45 am    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

On 11 Jul 2006 05:53:35 -0700, matt271829-news@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

 Quote: Travis wrote: On 10 Jul 2006 13:06:16 -0700, matt271829-news@yahoo.co.uk wrote: W H G wrote: "Travis" wrote in message news:76o3b2tfcksuirpg7ffhm9vib3928rp4ij@4ax.com... If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why So we see that 5 and 3 wind up at 6 and we can use + and - 5+3=8 3-3=2 Do you mean 5 - 3 = 2? combine the 8 and 2: 8-2=6 ---ok, does this work with the next example: 4 and 1 get to 2: (4+1) - (4-1) = 2 Bingo! it worked. Try it on 7 T 3 and get 6. So you're suggesting that x T y = (x + y) - (x - y) = 2*y? That doesn't look at all likely to me. why is that unlikely?? (x + y) - (x - y) becomes x +y -x +y and can be reduced to y + y which does appear to be 2y thanks W H G. It's unlikely because the first operand, x, is irrelevant to the answer. I have absolutely no idea what answer is expected, but if the answer depends only on the second operand then it's a pretty stoopid question...

agreed but it was from a sat prep book
Jason11
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question.
I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the
ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the
term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of
addition and subtraction). 4T1 = 2 multiplied throughout by 3 implies
12T3 = 6. Subtracting the first "equation" from this gives 7T0 = 0.
Which implies that the answer depends only on the second number and the

Travis wrote:
 Quote: If T represents an operation that includes addition and subtraction. Ex) 5 T 3 = 6, 4 T 1 = 2. What is the value of 7 T 3? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 8 E. 9 I want to say the answer is 6 but I dont know why
Pubkeybreaker
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

Jason wrote:
 Quote: I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question.

You need to learn some more linear algebra.

 Quote: I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of addition and subtraction).

It is possible to derive a linear function that gives ANY value as the
correct answer. This is what makes the problem ridiculous.
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

"Pubkeybreaker" <Robert_silverman@raytheon.com> wrote in message
 Quote: Jason wrote: I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question. You need to learn some more linear algebra. I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of addition and subtraction). It is possible to derive a linear function that gives ANY value as the correct answer. This is what makes the problem ridiculous.

The objective is not to find "the" correct answer but to find the "best"

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Darrell
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

Darrell wrote:
 Quote: "Pubkeybreaker" wrote in message news:1152800910.927778.46290@h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com... Jason wrote: I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question. You need to learn some more linear algebra. I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of addition and subtraction). It is possible to derive a linear function that gives ANY value as the correct answer. This is what makes the problem ridiculous. The objective is not to find "the" correct answer but to find the "best" answer of those listed.

With vaguely-worded questions like this, I think the correct answer
needs to be very obviously correct once you've discovered it (as with
those much-derided next-number-in-the-sequence questions). It needs to
"leap out at you". The possibility that x T y = 2*y, so 7 T 3 = 6, was
actually the first pattern I noticed (like many others I guess), but I
dismissed it straight away as being obviously *not* what was intended.
If there's no more information or context than is given in the original
post then I do think it's a very poor question.
Pubkeybreaker
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

Darrell wrote:
 Quote: "Pubkeybreaker" wrote in message news:1152800910.927778.46290@h48g2000cwc.googlegroups.com... Jason wrote: I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question. You need to learn some more linear algebra. I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of addition and subtraction). It is possible to derive a linear function that gives ANY value as the correct answer. This is what makes the problem ridiculous. The objective is not to find "the" correct answer but to find the "best" answer of those listed.

Yet more nonsense. There is no such thing as the 'best' answer.
If you think there is such a thing, please specify how you measure
Jason11
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Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: sat prep question

Pubkeybreaker wrote:
 Quote: Jason wrote: I have to disagree with the people who think this is a stupid question. You need to learn some more linear algebra. I think it is quite interesting. What is being tested here is the ability to use the properties of linear funtions (without knowing the term linear functions -- but people should know the properties of addition and subtraction). It is possible to derive a linear function that gives ANY value as the correct answer. This is what makes the problem ridiculous.

Give an example then of a linear function that meets both givens and
gives an answer other than 6.

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