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A truly amazing way of making every possible positive integer

This is a follow-up to "A truly amazing way of making the number 2016": For every positive integer $n$, find a mathematical expression that yields the value $n$ while obeying the following rules:...
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A truly amazing way of making the number 2016

Find a mathematical expression that yields the value $2016$ while obeying the following rules: Each of the digits $1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9$ is used exactly once Decimal points are allowed You ...
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90s Number Puzzle

So here's how it works: Take the digits from 1991. You can use the digits in any order, only once (you can't make a 19 or 91), with any operation sign to get answers between 1-100. For example: $4=(1+...
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Form n/2 with n amount of ANY number

For every $n, m \in \mathbb{N}; n,m > 1$, construct a method to produce $\lfloor\frac{n}{2}\rfloor$ using n ms. You can use: $$x+y$$ $$x-y$$ $$x*y$$ $$\frac{x}{y}$$ $$x^y$$ $$x\bmod y$$ $$\sqrt[k]{...
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Make 1 with any 3 of the same numbers

Is it possible to make 1 with any 3 numbers, all the same, such as using 3, 3 and 3 or 6, 6 and 6? Can you think of a proof which will work no matter which number it is? Trig functions allowed.
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How many consecutive positive integers can you make using exactly four instances of the digit '4'?

Starting at 1 (which is 4 - $\sqrt4$ - 4/4), how many consecutive integers can you make using exactly four instances of the digit '4'? Basic rules: Any operator symbol is "free". Any printed '4' ...
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Make the number 17 using only 2, 3, and 4 [closed]

Is it possible to make the number 17 using only 2, 3, and 4? Using the numbers only once and any operation, including factorials and other more advanced math. And it would have to be exactly 17.
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Make 82 With Numbers and Dots

How do you make 82 with the numbers $4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0$ and 8 dots. Get creative! You can use any mathematical operation, and the dots can be used in any mathematical way. No ratios. You must ...
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Who will find the number on their own hat first?

Both $A$ and $B$ have numbered hats on their heads. $A$ and $B$ both cannot see his/her own hat, but they can see other one's hat. $A$ sees number on $B$'s hat as $5$ and $B$ sees $A$'s number as $4$. ...
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Alternating numbers

Alternating numbers are numbers in which all digits alternate between even and odd. For example: 2703 and 7230 are alternating ...
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decipher this modified sum operation,

This is crossposted from Math.SE, the original question is here $1+2+3+4 = 61$ $2+3+4+5 = 52$ $3+4+5+6 = 51$ $4+5+6+7 = 50$ $7+8+9+10 = ?$
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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2016

Add the four basic operators $\times\div+\,\;-$ and optionally brackets to: $10 \quad 9 \quad 8 \quad 7 \quad 6 \quad 5 \quad 4 \quad 3 \quad 2 \quad 1$ To get the total $2016$. Rules: We are ...
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Largest number with two hands [closed]

Pretty short one, really. Given your two hands, what's the largest number you can represent? Some example representations: 1 finger on each hand: that's 2. 2 fingers on one hand, and 3 on the other: ...
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Fill in the operators to make $7 \circ 8 \circ 7 \circ 7 \circ 8 \circ 3 = 100$

With the given numbers I need to make: $7 \circ 8 \circ 7 \circ 7 \circ 8 \circ 3 = 100$ Using only the following operators: $+\space-\space\times\space\div$
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How is it possible to make 8 (…) 8 (…) 8 = 6? [duplicate]

$$8\text{ }8\text{ }8 = 6$$ Add in any required number of mathematical symbols to make the above equation work. How is this possible? Can somebody explain?
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Autonumerograms

An autonumerogram, or self-enumerating number, is a number that can be read as describing itself by providing a pairwise inventory of its own digits. For example, 22 (two 2's) and 14233221 (one 4, two ...
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Four dice puzzle: Postscriptum

This continues (and completes) the sequence of four dice puzzles: Four dice puzzle: 2,2,4,5 Four dice puzzle: What's the best throw? The days go by and Damiano is still throwing his four dice. He ...
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Four dice puzzle: What's the best throw?

This continues Damiano's puzzle "Four dice puzzle: 2,2,4,5" Damiano keeps throwing his four dice. After a lot of throwing and thinking and working, he has determined for every throw $a,b,c,d$ of his ...
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Four dice puzzle: 2,2,4,5

Damiano has thrown four dice and the numbers 2, 2, 4, 5 showed up on top. Damiano asks himself: What is the smallest positive integer that cannot be generated with these four numbers according to ...
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A basic calculator, a simple game. What was I playing at? [duplicate]

Yesterday I was doodling around with my very simple calculator as shown in the picture. First I would enter a few digits to make an integer (i.e. no decimal places). Then I would perform a simple ...
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Puzzling 101: Sums of seventeen numbers

After reading a bit in Meta and the help section, I'm still not sure whether this qualifies as a "good" puzzle in the spirit of the site, but the votes will show - I liked it when I encountered it, ...
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Express the number $2015$ using only the digit $2$ twice

Can you use only two instances of the digit $2$, along with the mathematical operations below, to create an expression that evaluates to $2015$? Allowed operations: arithmetic operations: addition ($...
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Depressed Numbers [duplicate]

$12 = 0$ $1234 = 1$ $123456 = 2$ $12345678 = 4$ $369 = 2$ $248 = 3$ $2 = 0$ $3 = 0$ $5 = 0$ $7 = 0$ $11 = 0$ $13 = 0$ What does: $123456789 = ?$ Why? Hopefully isn't too hard, please ask if you ...
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A Perfectly Primitive Parameter Permuter

A simple challenge for the mathematically inclined. Find a function $f\left( {{x_1},{x_2},{x_3},{x_4}} \right)$ such that $$\begin{gathered} f\left( {2,3,4,5} \right) = 1 \hfill \\ f\left( {1,3,4,...
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Using the digits 2, 3, 4 make an expression for 30

Write an expression using exactly one 2, exactly one 3, and exactly one 4 to make 30. For each problem, you must use all three of these: Division Factorials (just for regular factorial use, no ...
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Make 24 and 30 using the digits 3 and 4

First, write an expression using exactly one 3 and exactly one 4 to make 24. Second, write an expression using exactly one 3 and exactly one 4 to make 30. Math You Can Use for each problem: ...
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A Threes Of Cake

This question is similar to my other question Twos For Thought, which arguably was a better pun but I decided to recreate the question, except with threes! How many threes do you need to get to the ...
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Twos For Thought

How many twos do you need to get to the number $100$ exactly? Example: $22+22+22+22+2^2+2^2+2^2$ This example method uses 14 twos and is obviously not ideal. Can you find a way that uses the least ...
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Number formation with digits given

How do you form the number 1000 with the digits, 1,2,3 and 4? The mathematical operations that can be are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, parentheses, percentages and factorials. ...
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What numbers fill the blanks to satisfy the equation?

Complete the grid shown below with the digits 1 to 6 to make the sum correct. Perform each mathematical operation in the order shown, from left to right, e.g. 1 + 2 x 3 is treated as (1 + 2) x 3 = 9. ...
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Form a number using some numbers and mathematical operations

Using 2,3,4,5,6,7 and basic mathematical operations form the number 1088. Every digit must be used exactly once (neither zero nor greater than one times). Concatenation of digits (such as 53) is not ...
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Using numbers form a number

Using 7,8,9 and basic mathematical operations form the number 327600. Use every digit exactly once. Note: Allowed Operations: $+,-,/,*, {}^{\displaystyle\large\hat{}} ,!,\sqrt{}$
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The game of Sevens

There is a popular game, named Four fours, where you have to find the shortest mathematical expression for every number from $1$ to $n$, using only the number $4$ and some operators. My variant of ...
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Making π from 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

There have been two other questions here and here that are similar to this one, but this changes the rules up a little. Your job is to approximate $\pi$ using the sequence of digits (in order): 1 2 ...
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 1

This question inspired me to write the same puzzle but instead replace the "= 100" with "= 1" with similar requirements and restrictions. What is the expression with the fewest number of operators ...
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 100

The sequence of numbers $1\ 2\ 3\ 4\ 5\ 6\ 7\ 8\ 9$ has the property that you can insert mathematical operators in between the numbers from $1$ to $9$ and make the expression evaluate to 100. For ...
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Create integers from 1 to 50 using only one integer and other functions

Your task is to create all the integers from 1 to 50 (inclusive) using only a single integer $x$ and... Addition ($+$), Subtraction($-$), Multiplication($\times$), and Division($\div$) Floor($\left \...
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$\tau$ is greatest! $\tau$ is all (from 1 to 20)

(This is basically an extension of $\pi$ Day puzzle one to twenty) $\tau$ is greater than $\pi$ and $\tau>\pi$. Create the numbers from $1$ to $20$ using only: Tau ($\tau$, equivalent to $2\pi$) ...
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$\pi$ Day puzzle one to twenty

Create the numbers from 1 to 20 Using $\pi$ Normal arithmetic operation $+ - * /$ Square root $\surd$ Exponential $(X^Y)$ Negative() minus sign $-$ Floor() function, express between $[ x ]$ $[ ...
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Replace each ? in the expression with a digit or operator

In the following expression, replace each ? with either a digit or an operator: 8?5+??5-9?+3 so that it can evaluate to: <...
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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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Display a number using a scientific calculator with most keys are stuck

Your have a scientific calculator such that most of the keys are unable to be pressed. The only keys that work are those for the functions $$ x^2 \;\; \sqrt{x} \;\; x!\;\; \exp\;\; \ln\;...
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How to make 21?

How do you make $21$ from the numbers $1$, $5$, $6$, and $7$? You can use the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as brackets. You must use each number exactly ...
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What's the largest number that can be obtained in the process of solving a numbers game on Countdown?

Countdown is a British game show in which people try and make the longest possible word out of nine given letters, reach a target number using six given numbers and basic arithmetic, and then solve a ...
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What is the smallest positive integer, which can not be written without repetitions of digits and using arithmetics only?

Suppose you are allowed to use all 10 digits (0,1,2,...9) at most once each; 4 arithmetic operations ($-$,$+$,$\times$,$\div$), each any number of times; parenthesises to group operations; and you can ...
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Write twenty-four from four numbers

Write 24 using the four numbers 1, 3, 4, 6 and basic arithmetic. Explanations: The given are numbers, not digits, so you can't group them using decimal notation. For example, you can't create the ...
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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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