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Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar

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What is wrong with this proof?, by Son Nguyen (Ohio University, Mathematics)

  • Seminar
When Apr 24, 2013
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 226 Morton Hall
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Abstract: 10 cents is equal to 1/10 of a dollar. By squaring both sides of this equation, we obtain: 100 cents is equal to 1/100 of a dollar. This is clearly not true since we all know 100 cents is equal to 1 dollar. There is something wrong with our argument: we have committed a mathematical fallacy. We will discuss some common mathematical fallacies in the talk.