## A Conversation for Basic Methods of Mathematical Proof

### Proof by inconsistant reference

Froody Dude Started conversation Dec 23, 2001

Here is an amusing (if completely invalid) proof that several of my school buddies and myself managed to come up with:

I would consider this a roof by inconsistant reference, because it hinges on using the actual names and abbreviations of certain terms on an inconsistant basis. If you are confused, just read on.

1. f = m*a

2. work = f*d

3. work = mad Q.E.D.

4. power = w/time

5. knowledge = power

6. work = mad Previously stated

7. knowledge = mad / time

Thus, knowledge is being mad over time. Ta-da!

Other "fun" proofs involve applying mathematical properties (especially the reflexive property) to English. (e.g. 1. Kvetching is Yiddish; therefore, Yiddish is kvetching.)

### Proof by inconsistant reference

U198950 Posted Aug 6, 2002

I think another one goes...

women = time * money

but, time is money, so women = money * money or money^2

money's the root of all evil. money^2 = evil

So, women = evil.

I'm just quoting, though - I like women. They are very nice people who can do math much better than me. Don't lynch me, please?

### Proof by inconsistant reference

Froody Dude Posted Aug 24, 2002

I've seen that one before. Actually, we have a proof that builds on that one.

First, assume that the above "knowledge = mad/t" and "girls = evil" are proven.

1. knowledge = mad/t ; Given

2. knowledge = mas ; Definition of speed

3. knowledge = mds/t^2 ; Definition of acceleration

4. knowledge = mds/money^2 ; previously stated

5. knowledge = mds/evil ; previously stated

6. knowledge(evil) = mds ; Algebra, QED (doctors (MDs) are the knowledge of evil, or the evil of knowledge

7. knowledge(girls) = mds ; substitution, QED (doctors have the knowledge of girls...or girls of knowledge...

thats all

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