# This is... to me! (Matches Puzzle)

Make these two "equivalent" equations true by simply moving (changing the position of) exactly three lines (per equation). The equations are two different representations of the same (what I mean by this is up to you to figure out). No inequalities(≠, >, < or ≤) are allowed. Also, no rotation of the image needed.

EDIT: To minimize potential answers, I'm going to tell you that one equation contains letters only. Remember what I said earlier - "The equations are two different representations of the same (what I mean by this is up to you to figure out)". Also, the title will hopefully make sense once you figure out the correct answer.

We can move 3 matchsticks per statement to obtain the following two statements,

where one of the matchsticks in the second statement has been stood up on its end to create a dot. The first statement contains only letters, and the statements are different representations of

the Greek letter π, hence the title: "This is Greek to me!"

• I thought the title was referencing rot13(rnfl nf cvr), but yours is better Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 1:29
• This is the intended answer, well done! Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 4:58
• As a pedantic mathematician, I will note that the second equation is not true. :/ Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 15:45
• @XanderHenderson Agreed, this is why I refrained from calling it such in my answer. \: Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 16:02

I think, $${}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}$$

• It's a good answer, but not the intended one Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 15:14
• This was the answer I came up with, and has the advantage (over the accepted answer) of being mathematically correct. :D Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 15:46

The ones in the second aren't identical, but still:

• Nice attempt, but I mean't that the two equations are equivalent to each other. I'll edit to clarify this. Commented Feb 20, 2022 at 13:13
• @Prim3numbah: If one doesn't mind uneven horizontal spacing, I think "0=0" and "0=00" could be formed via three moves in each case. Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 20:39