[numbers] Ask Metafilter: How is this lame maths Trick Possible? …

- Grab a calculator
- Key in the first three digits of your phone number (NOT the area code)
- Multiply by 80
- Add 1
- Multiply by 250
- Add the last 4 digits of your phone number
- Add the last 4 digits of your phone number again
- Subtract 250
- Divide number by 2

# Neat Maths Trick with Telephone Numbers

This entry was posted on Monday, May 8th, 2006 at 10:39 am and is filed under Weird.

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I have a six digit number. It gave me my number plus 1 extra digit.

Doesn’t work for my 6 digit number either!

Assume 9 digit number, x. Call first three characters a, last four b, so 10000a+b=z

Simplify equation given:

(((250(80a+1))+b+b)-250)/2= z

Multiply out 250(80a+1) fuction goes to

(20000a+250+2b-250)/2=z

Cancel out +/- 250

(20000a+2b)/2=z

Divide top and bottom by 2 goes to

10000a+b=z QED

Feel self satisfied, then click on the link and realise that someone else had already explained even more simply.

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