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### Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

Write 24 using 1, 3, 4 and 6 and +, -, * or / operators. You have to use all 4 numbers.

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

You'll need (), too...

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

"Write 24 using 1, 3, 4 and 6 and +, -, * or / operators. You have to use all 4 numbers."

AI solutions allowed?:

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

Write 24 using 1, 3, 4 and 6 and +, -, * or / operators. You have to use all 4 numbers.
int main()
{
int a, b, c, d, answer;
a = 1;
b = 3;
c = 4;
d = 6;
answer = a/b + c*d;
}
// output: The answer is 24

ISayMoo
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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

And using standard arithmetics?

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

Can the numbers be used more than once?

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

"Write 24 using 1, 3, 4 and 6 and +, -, * or / operators. You have to use all 4 numbers."

AI solutions allowed?:

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It does say “write.”

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

You need "(" and ")", too...

ISayMoo
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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

You'll need (), too...
Yes, sorry.

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

I couldn't figure it out, I am sure it involves some clever use of distributivity...

At first, I decided to factor 24 into prime factors 2*2*2*3 = a*a*a*b = (a^3)*b (note in this case (a^3)*b = 2*(a^2)*b = (a^2 + a^2)*b
Listing out the numbers we have:
1 = e (multiplicative identity)
3 = b
4 = 2*2 = a^2 (note in this case a^2 = 2*a = a + a)
6 = a*b
I tried various different combinations but with no avail.
None of this really proves or disproves anything but maybe a step in the right direction?

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

You need to use Deep Neural Networks.

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

In Mathematica:

StringJoin[ToString[1*6/3], ToString[4]]

24

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

In Mathematica:

StringJoin[ToString[1*6/3], ToString[4]]

24
I would have concerns about the run-time efficiency. Do the strings use hashing?
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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

In Mathematica:

StringJoin[ToString[1*6/3], ToString[4]]

24
I would have concerns about the run-time efficiency. Do the strings use hashing?

answer = StringJoin[ToString[1*6/3], ToString[4]];
87843000942654739416790862908851944946087349408853794374923081877917692795355
Hash["24", "SHA256"]
87843000942654739416790862908851944946087349408853794374923081877917692795355
Hash[answer, "SHA256"] == Hash["24", "SHA256"]
True

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### Re: Get 24 from 1, 3, 4 and 6

Write 24 using 1, 3, 4 and 6 and +, -, * or / operators. You have to use all 4 numbers.
What about a least-squares optimisation problem?

24 is a highly composite number, just like 5040. Coincidence?
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