# Questions tagged [formation-of-numbers]

For puzzles about forming numbers using other numbers and mathematical operations.

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### How to make 18 from 1, 3, 4, 8

This question was on my sister's 5th-grade homework, practicing order of operations. It was to make 18, using the numbers 1, 3, 4, 8 and the operations +, -, and *. The instructions imply using each ...
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### For what x can we solve $1,2,3,x=5$

This is a variation on the formation of numbers theme. Given $1, 2, 3, x$ in order, and the operations plus, minus, times, divide, and brackets, what single digits can x NOT be? i.e. find a ...
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### The largest integer made of 1,2,3,4

What is the largest integer $A$ that can be produced from the four digits $1,2,3,4$ subject to the following rules? Each of the digits $1,2,3,4$ is used exactly once. Juxtaposition of digits is ...
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### Use only 1 2 6 7 to write expressions that equal 31 32 33 34

Construct expressions that equal $31$, $32$, $33$, and $34$ using the numbers $1$, $2$, $6$, and $7$. In each expression, each number must be used exactly once. You addition ($+$), subtraction ($-$), ...
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### 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1

Start with the digits:       $1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1\ 0\ 1$ You may then add (only!) these simple arithmetic operators:       $+\ -\ \times\ \div$ You may also ...
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### Using only 1s, make 29 with the minimum number of digits

Use the minimum number of ones to make 29. Here is the list of operations permitted: "Standard" operations, such as: $x+y$, $x-y$, $x\times y$, $x\div y$ Negation: $-x$ Exponentiation of two numbers:...
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### 100 using only 5 number of digits

This is a problem from Martin Gardner. For each digit $1\leq d\leq 9$, make 100 using exactly five number of $i$s. Any operation is allowed, brackets as well. For $i=1,2$ I have a solution: 100=...
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### Google's 20th Anniversary: Make 20 using 6 0 0 6 1 3

Belated 20th Happy Birthday to Google (600613)! Challenge: Use 6, 0, 0, 6, 1, 3 to make the number 20. Rules: Use all numbers, in that exact order. Allowed operations: +, -, x, /, sqrt, (); no ...
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### Using 20, 17, 16, 8, 7 to make 9

You can use $+, -, \times,$ or $/$ (namely $\div$). Use all five numbers (20, 17, 16, 8, and 7) only once to make $9$. From what I've been told there are $4$ answers. The only one I've been able ...
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### Fill in the boxes to get the right equation

Here is a math puzzle I had a little bit of hard time with No computers please There is a solution without inverting 6 to 9
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### 1984 - take the digits 1,9, 8 and 4 and make 123 - Part III

Part III ... Next year is the 70th anniversary of the publication of the book 1984 by George Orwell. Here is a puzzle to start the anniversary celebrations off a bit early ... I think this is the ...
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### Use the digits 1, 9, 9, 8 to get 81 [closed]

Using the digits $1, 9, 9$ and $8$ in that order, and the operations $+$, $-$ and/or $\times$ in any order between pairs of digits, create an expression that equals $81$.  Normal precedence rules ...
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### Make 4 4 4 4 = 30,31

Follow up question to Make 5 5 5 5 = 19 Can you find a way to make: $4\ 4 \ 4 \ 4 = 30$ and $4\ 4 \ 4 \ 4 = 31$ by adding any operations or symbols on the left side of the equations? You can ...
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### Writing numbers puzzle

How do you write 23 using only the number 2? 34 using only the number 3? 56 using only the number 5? 100 using only the number 9? You can use only the numbers said, but any math you want in order ...
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### Maximize the number of factorials in your solution to 6 5 4 3 = 1

Using the same rules as Make 6 5 4 3 = 1, but maximize the number of factorials. You may not take the factorial of 1 or 2. This is harder than it looks. A great answer has six factorials, an ...
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### Make 6 5 4 3 = 81

Can you find a way to make: 6 5 4 3 = 81 by concatenation and/or adding any of (and only) these mathematical operators: + - × ! ÷ ^ standard parentheses () You cannot add other numbers to the ...
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### Make 5 5 5 5 = 19 [closed]

Can you find a way to make: $5\ 5 \ 5 \ 5 = 19$ by adding any operations or symbols? You can use only these symbols: $+,\ -,\ *,\ !,\ /,\ \hat\, ,\ ()$. It is limited to this list, and ...
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### Making 49 from 5, 1, 3, 4 [closed]

I have these numbers: 5, 1, 3, 4. There are four different ways to make 49 - what are they?
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### Find the operators

Assume you are using a basic calculator and press these numbers in order. Replace each question mark with plus, minus, multiply and divide may be used, but no sign should be used more than once. In ...