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).

01.876-8000

01.((30*30)-24)-((30*30)-(10*10))*10

01.(900-24)-(900-100)*10

01.(876)-800*10

01.876-8000

01.876-8000

01.((30*30)-24)-((30*30)-(10*10))*10

01.(900-24)-(900-100)*10

01.(876)-800*10

01.876-8000

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Or a pencil and a piece of paper.

1(876)8000 I was tempted to try out the number but decided not to. No calculator necessary. Just a pen and paper. Shockingly enough, this was easier than the college algebra I'm doing.

ok i got the same answer…which doesnt make sense at all…wheres the area code? has no-one questioned that yet?