Mathematical Proof That 2 = 1 Searching for a math impossibility
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Initial supposition x = y
Multiply both sides by x: xx = xy
Subtract y squared from both sides: xx - yy = xy - yy
Factor both sides: (x + y)(x - y) = y(x - y)
Divide both sides by (x - y): x + y = y
Substitute y for x, based on initial supposition: y + y = y
Replace y with any number (eg. 1): 1 + 1 = 1 or 2 = 1
Scroll down to see the ‘flaw’ ...
The step that divides through by (x - y) is effectively dividing by zero, based on the
initial supposition. That invalidates the subsequent results.