Date: Oct 24, 2012 10:51 AM
Author: Dave L. Renfro
Subject: Re: MIT Math Diagnostic for Physics Placement
Dave L. Renfro wrote (in part):

http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=7910806

> Problem A1: They should say that k is an integer. Otherwise,

> a correct answer would be (1/2) x 10^(log 2x), where x equals

> the given numerical expression.

I just noticed that they explicitly said 'A' (the mantissa)

was to be greater than or equal to 1 and less than 10. O-K,

then even in that case there are uncountably many correct answers:

For each real number A such that 1 <= A < 10 (e.g. A = 1), use

A x 10^[(log y/A)],

where y equals the given numerical expression.

Dave L. Renfro