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**eigenguy****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-18
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A minor alternative that can make the calculus a little easier:

Question: it was pretty easy to guess how to hide the solution, but how do you get alternative text other "Hidden Text"?

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi eigenguy,

...how do you get alternative text other "Hidden Text"?

After "[hide", type "=", followed immediately by the text of your choice and the closing bracket ']'.

Here...I'll try it with "minor alternative" in the hide box:

Just click on 'Quote' in the bottom right-hand corner of my post to see what I did.

*Last edited by phrontister (2014-03-19 01:34:04)*

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Thanks, I had no idea how to do it either.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**eigenguy****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-18
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phrontister wrote:

After "[hide", type "=", followed immediately by the text of your choice and the closing bracket ']'.

Thanks!

It's been a while since been in a forum. It's embarrassing that I'd forgotten about the quote trick!

ShivamS wrote:

Nice!

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Yet another one: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index … 252AAAD3pA

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Did you see my completely original answer. I trust that JFF would like it.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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bobbym wrote:

Hi;

Did you see my completely original answer. I trust that JFF would like it.

Is it not the same thing I posted?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**gAr****Member**- Registered: 2011-01-09
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Can I remind everyone that the title of this thread is

Easy puzzle challenge. Therefore if your solution is messy and complicated, youre on the wrong tack.

Yet, that's harder than what's shown in #31

"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense" - Buddha?

"Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay."

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I guess DeMoivre's and Vieta's is a bit of an overkill but maths is all about solving problems in different ways.

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Nehushtan wrote:

Can I remind everyone that the title of this thread is

Easy puzzle challenge. Therefore if your solution is messy and complicated, youre on the wrong tack.

You think that is easy?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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JaneFairfax wrote:

Yeah, proofs of even simple results can sometimes be a bit messy.

Still true today as it was then. Anyway, how about another problem.

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**eigenguy****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-18
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You'd better add "monic" to your description of f, or else it can't be proved, since for any a, af(x) is another polynomial with the same roots.

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