An Equation Flying Past 3D Homer in
Treehouse of Horror VI
- Go to this
text transcript of the 3-d Homer segment
and Did You Notice? by James A. Cherry, and find the exact
numbers in the equation shown above
where numbers are raised to a power of 12.
Verify that this matches what you see in the picture and
write the equation here.
- Is the right hand side of the equation even or odd? Why?
- Is the left hand side of the equation even or odd? Why?
- Use the answers to the last two questions to explain why
this equation cannot hold.
- What is the statement of Fermat's Last Theorem?
If you don't know, look it up in your notes or on the web.
- Use Fermat's Last Theorem (which Andrew Wiles proved was true)
to explain why this equation cannot be true.
- Yet, we do not need the full strength of Fermat's Last Theorem.
Explain how we can show the equation is false if we know only that
Fermat's Last Theorem doesn't hold when the power is 3 or 4. Then
research the web in order to discuss who first
proved Fermat's for these cases.
- I decide to calculate
the 12th root of 178212 + 184112.
On my TI-83 Plus calculator.
1782^12 + 1841^12 ENTER
and obtain 2.541210259 E 39.
I then take the 12th root by typing
and obtain 1922.
This really did happen on my calculator.
Resolve the apparent conflict with questions 4 and 6.
Homer emulating Thomas Edison in The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace
- Go to this text
transcript of The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace and find the
equation where numbers are raised to a power of 12. Verify that
this matches what you see in the picture and write the equation here.
- Can an even/odd argument be used to justify that the 2nd equation is
false? If so, then give the details, and if not, explain why.
- Show two different mathematical reasons why the equation cannot hold.
Hint: For one of the reasons, use the fact that 3 divides a number if and
only if 3 divides the sum of the digits.
- Which of the two sets of equations is closer to holding? Justify
- Which side of each equation is larger? Justify your answers.
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald,
Appalachian State University
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