Looking for computer engineers!

While randomly surfing the web this morning, I stumbled on this funny job ad. Can you solve the problem? It’s really not that difficult by the way!

x = 24;
y = 30;

Phone:= 01.(y^2 – x)-(y^2-10^2)*10

Oh and by the way, don’t try calling the number. This ad dates back a couple of years and it’s not in a North American format ((xxx)xxx-xxxx).

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15 Responses to Looking for computer engineers!

  1. Thanks, Kiltak.

    I obviously came a little late to the party, but I really enjoyed doing the equation.

    That’s why I love math. It’s nice to know that SOMETHING can be figured out simply and quickly and WORK.

    Life’s not so much like that.

  2. Now who does it belong too?

    Alpenstrasse 3
    8065 Zurich
    phone: +41 44 876 8000

    they used to internally (Prior to 2004) require 01 as the prefix internally.

  3. Thanks, Kiltak.

    I obviously came a little late to the party, but I really enjoyed doing the equation.

    That's why I love math. It's nice to know that SOMETHING can be figured out simply and quickly and WORK.

    Life's not so much like that.

  4. Now who does it belong too?

    Alpenstrasse 3

    8065 Zurich

    phone: +41 44 876 8000

    they used to internally (Prior to 2004) require 01 as the prefix internally.

  5. The Answer: 01.876-8000

    How did I do it?
    Copy and paste into good old excel and then some minor formula manipulation:
    = “01.” & (30^2 – 24) & “-” & (30^2-10^2)*10

  6. The Answer: 01.876-8000

    How did I do it?

    Copy and paste into good old excel and then some minor formula manipulation:

    = "01." & (30^2 – 24) & "-" & (30^2-10^2)*10

  7. Or use something like a TI-83 calculator and set the x & y variables to 24 & 30 calculate the formula results. Then force it into standard format for something with an area code and 7 digit main section following.

  8. Or use something like a TI-83 calculator and set the x & y variables to 24 & 30 calculate the formula results. Then force it into standard format for something with an area code and 7 digit main section following.