I have a number machine.
I say x gives y if when x goes in, y comes out.
For any numbers x and y, by "xy" I mean x followed by y.
Here are my two rules.
1x gives x.
For example, 13 gives 3.
If x gives y, then 2x gives yy.
For example, 213 gives 33 since 13 gives 3.
What is a number that gives itself?
(In reply to re(3): Solution
Since 1x gives x, 121 gives 21, which is not itself (121 is not 21).
However, since when x gives y, then 2x gives yy, let 121 be the x and 21 be the y (as one gives the other per the first paragraph), then 2121 gives 2121, that is itself, as 2121 is indeed 2121.
Posted by Charlie
on 2003-06-08 10:35:49