Let \(a\) and \(b\) are two numbers such that \(a = b = 2\).

Therefore \(a^2 = ab\) [multiplying \(a\) on both sides.]

\(a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2\) [subtracting \(b^2\) on both sides.]

\((a + b)(a - b) = b(a-b)\)

\((a+b) = b\)

Now substituting the values of \(a\) and \(b\) , we get \(2+2 = 2\)

Therefore \(4 = 2\) ?

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TopNewestyou cannot cancel (a-b) on both sides because (a-b) =0 and division by 0 is not defined! – Raven Herd · 2 years ago

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– Sai Ram · 2 years ago

good observationLog in to reply

– Raven Herd · 1 year, 12 months ago

You are only 13 and you are level 5 in all subjects .Cool! Do you sit whole day at brilliant or you attempt every question correctly?Log in to reply

You cannot cancel out (a-b). Think why? – Agnishom Chattopadhyay · 2 years ago

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– Rama Devi · 2 years ago

Because a - b is 0Log in to reply