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I work with a math major college student, and he challenged me to solve this problem knowing that I have no college education. He didn't say that I need to solve it myself, just provide an answer. So maybe some genius here can help out.

"Prove the conjecture wrong: There are no three integers greater than two that satisfy the following
a n+b n=c n LET n<2 of the xyz e/ 2"

It's all gibberish to me unfortunately.
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Posted 11/14/15 , edited 11/14/15
he asked you to prove Fermat's Last Theorem. He once claimed that
there are no integers a, b and c such that, for any integer n greater than 2
a^n + b^n = c^n is satisfied
it took several decades of math experts to try and figure out a proof and the proof itself is way beyond the level of a college graduate
you'd probably need a master/phd-level in math to understand the proof

the following seems gibberish to me:
LET n<2 of the xyz e/ 2"

edit: from numberphile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiNcEguuFSA
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Why cant maths just be numbers and not this shit >.<
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he knows that you can't possibly solve that, so it was most likely a real life troll.
it's like someone asking a high school kid to prove Eistein Theory of Relativity or Newton's Theory of Gravitation. LOL.
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Yeah so he was trolling me. He offered me $1,000, researched it a bit it is still unsolved and the reward if anyone can he said is 1 million, but I think I read 50k on wikipedia or something like that. Oh well, thanks anyways /thread
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Maybe you should of asked if he could prove it? lol.
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Posted 11/14/15

fallenhat wrote:

Yeah so he was trolling me. He offered me $1,000, researched it a bit it is still unsolved and the reward if anyone can he said is 1 million, but I think I read 50k on wikipedia or something like that. Oh well, thanks anyways /thread


Fermat's Last Theorem was already proven to be true, though it would take a master/pdh in math to actually understand it.
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can..not....com..pre...hend..

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Posted 11/14/15
I don't understand math at all. I HATE math.
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ILuvCats11 wrote:

Why cant maths just be numbers and not this shit >.<


It still is just numbers and operators (like plus signs) just like before. The only difference is that now more operators are being added and letters can stand in for numbers that change depending on what's going on. The reason people do this is because you aren't necessarily looking at a static situation where numbers aren't changing. Finding one definite answer is only so useful since it only represents one situation.

Let me show you with a simple example. Suppose you have a gift card for $100 at a game shop. You want to get the biggest number of games you can with that $100, so you need to keep track of how many more games you can choose at this moment. How do you do that? Just add up the prices of the games in your hand and take that away from 100, right? Well, you can represent that exact command, "Count the total price of all the games I have in my hand and take that out of my gift card balance to see what I have left" with this:

y = 100 - Σx

The "y" there is just your current amount of money left on your card if you buy all the games you currently have, the Σ is an operator saying "add up a sum", and "x" is the thing to add up (the price of each game). Written in a more familiar form, the above is:

Money Left = $100 - (Game 1 + Game 2 + Game 3 ... + Game N)

where "N" is just the total number of games in your hand. It's the same thing you've always been doing, only now you're representing that you might put a game back or pick another one up (which would change the values of "y" and "x"). It looks alien and bizarre, but you actually do this kind of thing all the time.
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Posted 11/14/15 , edited 11/14/15
Actually, given that he asked you to prove the conjecture wrong, and also given the "LET n<2" part of the problem, it's likely that he did not actually ask you to prove the theorem but rather wanted you to provide a counterexample such as "3^1 + 4^1 = 7^1". That, or he wanted you to DISPROVE Fermat's Last Theorem, which I would consider to be a form of trolling.

EDIT: Of course, given that he offered you $1000, I'm guessing he actually didn't want a simple counterexample like this one...
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Posted 11/14/15
I could ask my brother who's a math grad but he's sleeping now
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Unless you are a graduate in number theory and know about the specialized symbols used by Wiles to explain his proof, it's gonna be very hard to impossible to understand it.
I've read a little and I have no clue. However, it does look interesting.

https://www.math.wisc.edu/~boston/869.pdf
Wiles proved it correct in 1994.
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Wait a minute, someone actually solved Fermat's Last Theorem?!
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