# Problems

Problems and their Solving Approaches in Math

## A Possible Proof of Collatz Conjecture

Our reader Eswar Chellappa has sent his work on the solution of ‘3X+1’ problem, also called Collatz Conjecture. He had been working on the proof of Collatz Conjecture off and on for almost ten years. The Collatz Conjecture can be quoted as follow: Let $\phi : \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}^+$ be a

## What’s the question, if the answer is ‘No!’

Infinitely many answers questions are possible to the answer, “No”. So, our real task should be to find one of THOSE many, which seems to be a perfect one. A simple and the first ever logical approach of giving answers to a question is to derive answers from the question, that

This mathematical fallacy is due to a simple assumption, that $-1=\dfrac{-1}{1}=\dfrac{1}{-1}$ . Proceeding with $\dfrac{-1}{1}=\dfrac{1}{-1}$ and taking square-roots of both sides, we get: $\dfrac{\sqrt{-1}}{\sqrt{1}}=\dfrac{\sqrt{1}}{\sqrt{-1}}$ Now, as the Euler’s constant $i= \sqrt{-1}$ and $\sqrt{1}=1$ , we can have $\dfrac{i}{1}=\dfrac{1}{i} \ldots \{1 \}$ $\Rightarrow i^2=1 ## Interesting Egyptian Fraction Problem Here is an interesting mathematical puzzle alike problem involving the use of Egyptian fractions, whose solution sufficiently uses the basic algebra. Problem Let a, b, c, d and e be five non-zero complex numbers, and;$ a + b + c + d + e = -1$… (i)$

Multiplication is probably the most important elementary operation in mathematics; even more important than usual addition. Every math-guy has its own style of multiplying numbers. But have you ever tried multiplicating by this way? Exercise: $88 \times 45$ =? Ans: as usual :- 3960 but I got this using