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 04-26-2011, 02:49 PM #1 Sicknote Local High School Star     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: 21 Shump St Posts: 1,740 Is this math problem solvable? Very simple, I saw it on a friend's Facebook page. He doesn't know the answer but claims it can be done. I gave it a shot for about 20 minutes but couldn't come up with anything. Use the numbers 1,2,3,4,5, AND 6 to get 96 using only addition, and only using each number once. You can combine the numbers to make another number (for example 1 and 2 to make 12). Remember you can only use the number once. No negatives, fractions, or decimals allowed. Last edited by Sicknote : 04-26-2011 at 02:55 PM.
 04-26-2011, 02:52 PM #2 answer sofa king retard ed     Join Date: May 2009 Posts: 252 Re: Is this math problem solvable? nm, just saw addition only
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Re: Is this math problem solvable?

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 Originally Posted by answer 23 + 6 - 5 * 1 * 4 = 96

 04-26-2011, 02:53 PM #4 SEEBASS1234 Not a fan of stans     Join Date: Jan 2010 Location: Crossroads of America Posts: 962 Re: Is this math problem solvable? 65+31? EDIT: ohppp nevermind. Sorry about that Last edited by SEEBASS1234 : 04-26-2011 at 02:56 PM.
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Re: Is this math problem solvable?

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 Originally Posted by SEEBASS1234 65+31?

You have to use all of the numbers.

 04-26-2011, 03:04 PM #6 Hawker Repeal FATCA     Join Date: Jun 2006 Posts: 18,923 Re: Is this math problem solvable? 53+42+1=96 Pwned ****...just saw AND 6
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Re: Is this math problem solvable?

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 Originally Posted by Hawker 53+42+1=96

I bet this is the answer. It's a trick question. I examined it for 5 minutes and I don't think it's plausible any other way.

 04-26-2011, 03:20 PM #8 ballup 13.37 PER     Join Date: Dec 2010 Posts: 12,780 Re: Is this math problem solvable? I don't think it's possible without some kind of trick. I keep on getting 93 though.
 04-26-2011, 03:44 PM #9 Hyperephania Learning to shoot layups   Join Date: May 2010 Posts: 60 Re: Is this math problem solvable? I doubt there is a solution, let's look at it this way: We have to get 6, in order to get 6 we can NOT use less than 3 numbers as we will then have to make 100(134+652) somewhere. We can NOT use more than 4 either as that would leave us with just 1 number to make the tens. This means we will have to combine 3 or 4 numbers for 6. This can be done as: 1+2+3, which leaves us with 40+50+60 = too much There are no more solutions with 3 numbers as they would all exceed 6 and be less than 16 as 6+5+4=15 2+3+5+6 which leaves us with 10+40 = too little 1+4+5+6 which leaves us with 20+30 = too little There are no more solutions for 4 as they can't reach 6(obviously) and if you do not use the 6 you can't get to 16: 5+4+3+2=14 I don't see a way to do this, but I might be wrong.
 04-26-2011, 03:53 PM #10 GatorKid117 Oh the Bealsanity     Join Date: Feb 2009 Posts: 2,551 Re: Is this math problem solvable? If were looked at it from a trick question standpoint, it says to use 1-6 and only use them once but it doesn't specifically say your only limited to those numbers. So hypothetically, I guess you could use 7? I may be looking too much into this, I don't know.
 04-26-2011, 04:00 PM #11 Eat Like A Bosh Banned     Join Date: Jan 2011 Location: Inside LeBron's head Posts: 5,040 Re: Is this math problem solvable? Don't think so if it's addition only. Trick question?
 04-26-2011, 04:46 PM #12 Timmeh Yes, I am a dick.     Join Date: Jun 2006 Location: East of civilization. Posts: 2,976 Re: Is this math problem solvable? This is my theory: It won't work because 5 is not a factor of 96, which is divisible by each of the other numbers.
 04-26-2011, 04:54 PM #13 Patrick Chewing #MAGA #TIGERBLOOD     Join Date: Aug 2010 Location: NYC Posts: 18,546 Re: Is this math problem solvable? Closest I can get to is 93
04-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #14
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Re: Is this math problem solvable?

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 Originally Posted by Sicknote Very simple, I saw it on a friend's Facebook page. He doesn't know the answer but claims it can be done. I gave it a shot for about 20 minutes but couldn't come up with anything. Use the numbers 1,2,3,4,5, AND 6 to get 96 using only addition, and only using each number once. You can combine the numbers to make another number (for example 1 and 2 to make 12). Remember you can only use the number once. No negatives, fractions, or decimals allowed.

It might be a trick question?

14+56+23+3?

I combined the numbers to make another number and only used the number I made once. I dont know if combining counts as "using" the number or if it means you can only use it once in the addition?

I'm probably wrong but its just a thought.

 04-26-2011, 05:05 PM #15 Sicknote Local High School Star     Join Date: Jan 2008 Location: 21 Shump St Posts: 1,740 Re: Is this math problem solvable? I think negatives have to be allowed and the answer is 65 + 43 + -12. That's the most logical conclusion I could come up with. It's either impossible or that's the answer.

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