#1

In my math class I was thinking about algebraic operations and I have a doubt.

If a*b = ab because both are different things what if I multiply apple*donkey for example. What is the result of that?

If a*b = ab because both are different things what if I multiply apple*donkey for example. What is the result of that?

#2

I believe you lose an apple and the donkey gets happy.

#3

a and b are numbers

#4

I multiply apple*donkey for example.

wat

#5

#6

Donkey eats apple.

#7

its not a homework its something that happened out of boredom

#8

I really can't tell if you're being serious or not...but in algebra, a and b etc are just "variables" i.e. They represent a number. So if a = 2, b = 3, ab = a*b = 6.

So if apple = 3, donkey = 4, appledonkey = 12.

But...you just wouldn't do that...lol.

So if apple = 3, donkey = 4, appledonkey = 12.

But...you just wouldn't do that...lol.

#9

a and b are variables. apple and donkey are not variables they're words. In any case, it's just a matter of notation. a*b=ab. That would only be a problem if you have a variable called 'ab' but I somehow don't think that problem occurs that often in math.

#10

Aren't you on spring break anyway?

#11

Its just an easier way of notating it, right?

#12

42

#13

In reality, I like subtracting an apple and equaling a happy donkey, but mathmatically, anything can be a variable, like $ or . In that case, you would have value of apple times value of donkey.

#14

You get appledonkey = (aldonky)(pe)^2 ;p

#15

you're high aren't you?

#16

Apple is just a variable, donkey is just a variable. Neither are a known quantity unless you have defined them. Thus, you get a non-linear relationship between the variables. Assuming neither is a scalar quantity.

It's essentially x*y.

It's essentially x*y.

#17

lol the whole time I thought it said "meth problem". You can imagine my disappointment

Edit: isn't a*b = ab the exact same thing?????? I'm confused about your doubt here?

Edit: isn't a*b = ab the exact same thing?????? I'm confused about your doubt here?

*Last edited by MangoStarr at Mar 17, 2009,*

#18

is this supposed to be funny?

#19

You either get appledonkey or donkeyapple. Its a simple concept that even the stupidest of people should understand. Fail, TS. Fail.

#20

^Wrong, this assumes that apple*donkey is a commutative operation.

But yeah, you're being dumb, don't.

But yeah, you're being dumb, don't.

#21

Pointless thread is pointless.

#22

I imagine you're trying to do apple x donkey (read as apple cross donkey).

the vectoral quantity is too complicated to explain in one simple expression but it's most simplified form could be viewed as apple*donkey sin x

the vectoral quantity is too complicated to explain in one simple expression but it's most simplified form could be viewed as apple*donkey sin x

#23

a*b = ab because ab is just the conventional way of putting it.. you can add the multiplaction sign.. Its nothing to do with a and b being something.. they are variables.

#24

If its apple and donkey, wouldn't it be more logical to make it a,d??

#25

Well, you have apple, and you add apples "donkey" times, and you get apple*donkey...

It gets harder when you get to matrix multiplication.

Like, what do you get when you do Neo*Trinity? And remember you have to get into account Neo's glasses when trying to find the determinant when finding Neo^-1 (he has to be square though, so no more donuts for him)....

It gets harder when you get to matrix multiplication.

Like, what do you get when you do Neo*Trinity? And remember you have to get into account Neo's glasses when trying to find the determinant when finding Neo^-1 (he has to be square though, so no more donuts for him)....

#26

I gots one. So if a point can be physically on a plane. Why can't a point be on a circle? THe geometry book says different.