The attempt at solving a mathematical problem by applying incorrect assumptions, inappropriate formulas, and bypassing intermidiate steps to derive an answer.

Student's Homework:

a + b = c

(4a - 3a) + (4b - 3b) = (4c - 3c)

4a + 4b - 4c = 3a + 3b - 3c

4(a + b - c) = 3(a + b - c)

therefore, 4 = 3

Teacher:

This is mathematics, not MATHEMAGICS. Don't divide by zero.

a + b = c

(4a - 3a) + (4b - 3b) = (4c - 3c)

4a + 4b - 4c = 3a + 3b - 3c

4(a + b - c) = 3(a + b - c)

therefore, 4 = 3

Teacher:

This is mathematics, not MATHEMAGICS. Don't divide by zero.

by pbuns
April 15, 2011

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1. a play on the word 'mathematics'; especially thought to mean the wizardry behind applied mathematics.

2. a division with the same name that is part of Starbureiy Company doing mathematical research.

2. a division with the same name that is part of Starbureiy Company doing mathematical research.

He got to the root of the problem with some clever mathemagic.

by N-D-N
September 01, 2006

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