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142857: When will we use this in real life? Well, you never know...
Posted by Douglas, Sep 15, 2010. 1545 views. ID = 3867

142857

Posted by Douglas, Sep 15, 2010. 1545 views. ID = 3867
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"Mr. Twitchell, when will we use this in real life?"

"When? Probably never."

"Then why are you teaching it?"


"Because it's so cool! Look. Check this out. Take my favorite number...142,857, and multiply it by two. What do you get?"

"I don't know."

"You've got a calculator...punch it in!"

"285,714."

"Isn't that cool?"

"What?"


"It's the same sequence of digits, only it starts with the 2 instead of 1! Now multiply it by three."

"428,571. Huh."

"Wild, isn't it?"

"Does it work for four?"

"Try it."

"571,428. Does it always work?"

"You tell me."

"Hmmm...woah! If you multiply it by 7, you get 999,999."

"Yeah. Now pick a number between a hundred and a thousand."

"481."

"Multiply my number by that."

"Sixty-eight million, seven hundred fourteen thousand, two hundred seventeen. That doesn't look anything like your number."

"True. Take the first two digits off the front of that, and add them to what's left."

"Woah! You get 714,285 again!"

"Isn't that cool?"

"Yeah, but when will we use this in real life?"

"Well, I don't know...maybe you can use it to impress women?"

"Mr. Twitchell, you're such a geek!"

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Scribbler
Sep 15, 2010
What a great number!
It made me get my calculator out.
   ~Posted by Scribbler, Sep 15, 2010



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