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Dear Mr Wilson,

I was wondering if you could help solve an argument.  The equation is x^3 - y^3 = 5803.  I got an answer of x = 20, y = 13 and x = -13, y = -20.  My friend says to solve this, just set y^3 = 0 and then the answer is y = 0, x = cube root 5803.  There seems to be something wrong with his answer, but I can't show mathematically if he's right or wrong and why.  Would you be able to help clarify things?



There is no unique solution to this.
Using Excel, an infinite number of solutions could be found.

As integers, you gave the only two that are correct.
See, 20^3 = 20*20*20 = 400*20 = 8,000 and 13^3 = 13*13*13 = 169 * 13 = 1690+507 = 2,197.
Thus, x^3 - y^3 = 8,000 - 2,197 = 5,803.

Allowing for any real numbers, he is correct as well.

Other answers for (x,y) could be
1   5804^(1/3)
2   5811^(1/3)
3   5830^(1/3)
4   5867^(1/3)
5   5928^(1/3)
6   6019^(1/3)
7   6146^(1/3)
8   6315^(1/3)
9   6532^(1/3)
10   6803^(1/3)
11   7134^(1/3)
12   7531^(1/3)

With a calculator, these can be found to be
1   17.97114719
2   17.97836908
3   17.99794215
4   18.03593644
5   18.09822841
6   18.19036643
7   18.31741502
8   18.48379394
9   18.6931314
10   18.94815042
11   19.25060436
12   19.60127022

The non-integer solutions are endless.

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I can answer any question in general math, arithetic, discret math, algebra, box problems, geometry, filling a tank with water, trigonometry, pre-calculus, linear algebra, complex mathematics, probability, statistics, and most of anything else that relates to math. I can also say that I broke 5 minutes for a mile, which is over 12 mph, but is that relevant?


Experience in the area; I have tutored people in the above areas of mathematics for over two years in I have tutored people here and there in mathematics since before I received a BS degree back in 1984. In just two more years, I received an MS degree as well, but more on that later. I tutored at OSU in the math center for all six years I was there. Most students offering assistance were juniors, seniors, or graduate students. I was allowed to tutor as a freshman. I tutored at Mathnasium for well over a year. I worked at The Boeing Company for over 5 years. I received an MS degreee in Mathematics from Oregon State Univeristy. The classes I took were over 100 hours of upper division credits in mathematical courses such as calculus, statistics, probabilty, linear algrebra, powers, linear regression, matrices, and more. I graduated with honors in both my BS and MS degrees. Past/Present Clients: College Students at Oregon State University, various math people since college, over 7,500 people on the PC from the US and rest the world.

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Master of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematics. Bachelor of Science at OSU with high honors in mathematical sciences. This degree involved mathematics, statistics, and computer science. I also took sophmore level physics and chemistry while I was attending college. On the side I took raquetball, but that's still not relevant.

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I earned high honors in both my BS degree and MS degree from Oregon State. I was in near the top in most of my classes. In several classes in mathematics, I was first. In a class of over 100 students, I was always one of the first ones to complete the test. I graduated with well over 50 credits in upper division mathematics.

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