# Digital electronics question

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by TsAmE, Feb 24, 2011.

1. ### TsAmE Thread Starter Member

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The first expedition to Mars found only the ruins of a civilization. From the artifacts and pictures, the explorers deduced that the creatures who produced this civilization were four-legged beings with a tentacle that branched out at the end with a number of grasping fingers. After much study, the explorers were able to translate the Martian
mathematics. They found the following equation 40x^{2}  520x + 1600 = 0

with the indicated solutions x 5 and x 8 . The value x 5 seemed legitimate enough,
but x 8 required some explanation. Then the explorers reflected on the way in which
Earths number system was developed and found evidence that the Martial system had a similar history. How many fingers would you say the Martians had ?

Now I have absolutely no idea on how to start this question, the only thing I know is that it involves binary numbers (since it is under this section).

2. ### debjit625 Well-Known Member

Apr 17, 2010
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I think you should posted it on Off Topic.You will get a better reply.

I know a guy in mars,I will call him and let you know...................

3. ### Georacer Moderator

Nov 25, 2009
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Gotta hate those speculative and super-assuming exercises.