# Thread: Make the expression TRUE!

1. ## Make the expression TRUE!

There are only 3 possible answers! Which answer can you find! <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

2. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Draw a diagonal line through the <big>=</big> to change it to the math symbol for "not equal to"</span hide>

3. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

No 2:

<span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #FFFF00; font-weight: bold">Draw a diagonal line to connect the upper left corner of the <big>+</big>, changing it into a <big>4</big>. The sum becomes 247 - 118 = 129.</span hide>

4. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

Hans, you are perfectly correct on both answers.
Here is the solution listed on the web page that published the puzzle! Unless I am having a blond moment, is the second expression TRUE???
Isn't the symbol used in the second expression a variation of the : Less and Equal to sign! (If so, how can that be true!) It is less than, but NOT equal to! <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

5. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

It is a less than OR equal to sign

Steve

6. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

So then expression 2 is actually INCORRECT, because although it is less than 129, it is not EQUAL to it!!!!

7. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

"A is less than or equal to B" is true if A is less than B, and it is also true if A is equal to B. It is not true if A is greater than B. In other words, "less than or equal to" is the same as "not greater than".

8. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

Hans...your logic is so clarifying! So I did have a Blonde moment --- Darn! <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

9. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

If it were truly a less than and equal to, it would always be false since nothing can be less than something and also equal to it.

Steve

10. ## Re: Make the expression TRUE!

It makes perfect sense now Steve! Its something I work with every day, but as I said in my previous post...I just had a major Blonde moment and lost all logic! (Almost like a mental bermuda triangle; this just go missing!)

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