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2 + 2 = 5 (Posted on 2008-09-16) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Using only two 2s and any of the standard mathematical symbols, write an expression whose value is equal to 5.

An approach could be: sqrt((2 * 2)!) = 4.90

Standard mathematical symbols (for this problem) are: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponentiation, square root, factorization, parenthesis, positive, negative, ln, log. Superfactorials and such are not excluded, but not part of the desired solution. Any symbol having a value of its own, such as e, pi, and infinity, is not authorized.

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Solution A simple modification -- trivial solution | Comment 1 of 5
The ceiling function is the smallest integer greater than or equal to its argument. So

ceil(sqrt((2*2)!)) would work.

Placed into terms of the the floor, or integer, function of greatest integer smaller than or equal to its argument, that same variation is given as

-[-√((2*2)!)]

where the square brackets indicate the floor function.

  Posted by Charlie on 2008-09-16 10:48:11
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