# Magic Cut

## If you square a number, then divide the square by another number, then divide that quotient by the first number...

## x^2 ÷ y ÷ x = x/y

## ...then you get the first number divided by the second number! (Or a fraction with the first number as the numerator, and the second as the denominator!)

__Examples:__

x = 100, y = 4; x^2 = 10,000

10,000 ÷ 4 = 2,500

2,500/100 = 2,500 ÷ 100 = 25

100/4 = 100 ÷ 4 = 25

The number **25** may not be a fraction, but all integers can be printed as fractions *(non-algebraic ones)* since they're all rational! Plus, some fractions are equal to the same number!

## 2 = 2/1 = 4/2 = 6/3 = 8/4 = 10/5 = 12/6 =14/7 = 16/8 = 18/9 = 20/10 = etc.

As long as the numerator is *twice* as big as the denominator, the fraction/quotient is equal to **2.** Don't forget it!

x = -18, y = 3; x^2 = 324

324 ÷ 3 = 108

108/-18 = 108 ÷ -18 = -6

-18/3 = -18 ÷ 3 = -6

Both division problems & fractions gave us the same quotient!

Even if the variables are negative, this trick still works! It'll even work with non-integers!

x = 12, y = ¼; x^2 = 144

144 ÷ ¼ = 144 × 4 = 576

576/12 = 576 ÷ 12 = 48

12/(¼) = 12 × 4 = 48

x = *i*, y = 1/5; x^2 = -1

-1 ÷ 1/5 = -1 × 5 = -5

-5/*i* = -5 × -*i* = 5*i*

5*i* = x/y

...And imaginary/complex numbers! (Remember that negative real numbers have imaginary square roots.)

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