Digital electronics question

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

  1. TsAmE

    Thread Starter Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    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
    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


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