1. If both x and n are positive whole numbers, can x + n < x?
(show your work)
Wuuuut?x+n < xn < 0but n > 0What am I missing?
Obviously no and the previous comment noted the simple arithmetic. OK - what National Review oped are you mocking?
Don't even need to note the contradiction. After subtracting x from both sides, one is left with n < 0. End of story.
Simple arithmetic of course but is there some Alternative Arithmetic ala someone like Kudlow the Klown?
What if x is value, though, and n is an increment of value?
So if x and n are functions that initially take positive values (integer or not) but are then given new arguments (e.g. x is given the value of n and/or n is given the value of x as functional inputs), indeed it is possible for each of them separately to switch signs and for the sum of them to switch signs too. Depends on the functions.
long time since i took a math course, bs in 1972.i see a lot has changed.
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