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  Zero - It's More Than Nothing    
Classification Quiz
 10 Qns
Zero is such an unusual number, sometimes being viewed as more of a placeholder than anything. However, zero does have characteristics similar to other numbers. Can you determine whether the characteristic is representative of the number zero?
Average, 10 Qns, Buddy1, May 04 24
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The Square Root of 2  Thats Irrational
  The Square Root of 2 - That's Irrational!   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The square root of 2, though not as famous as other mathematical constants such as pi and Euler's number, is notably associated with the various elegant proofs demonstrating the number's irrationality. Let's learn more about this special number. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, May 20 23
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May 20 23
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  Numb and Number editor best quiz   best quiz  
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
Number spaces large and small
Mathematical operations often involve numbers of very different kinds - from simple to those hard to grasp or even to imagine. Here are ten (most probably infinite) sets of numbers, with each larger one including all smaller ones, to put in order.
Difficult, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Feb 03 23
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Feb 03 23
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  Square Numbers   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Square numbers are also known as perfect square numbers. This quiz tests your knowledge about these fascinating square numbers. Note that no commas are used in long numbers in 'Fill in the Blank' questions. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jul 09 17
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Periodic Functions
  Periodic Functions    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Periodic functions have graphs which repeat themselves at regular intervals. Here are some graphs that illustrate some features of a specific periodic function, the sine curve. (Clicking on the graphs will make them larger and easier to read.)
Difficult, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Nov 30 23
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Nov 30 23
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  What's My Type?   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Match each of these numbers with the term that describes it most precisely. Some terms fit more than one number, but only one combination works for all of them.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Apr 08 22
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Apr 08 22
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  Palindromic Numbers   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let see how much do you know about these intriguing palindromic numbers in the world of mathematics. Enjoy and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Mar 19 18
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Mar 19 18
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Excited About e
  Excited About "e"    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the number known as "e". If you don't know what that means, come along for a journey of exploration!
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Oct 11 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
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Oct 11 22
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  A quiz on Pi    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Quoting William Schaff: 'Probably no symbol in mathematics has evoked as much mystery, romanticism, misconception and human interest as the number pi.'
Average, 10 Qns, timence, Jul 31 21
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Jul 31 21
6090 plays
  Fibonacci Numbers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fibonacci numbers are claimed to be the nature's numbering system. How much do you know about them? Have fun and thanks for playing.
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Apr 02 11
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trivia question Quick Question
Square numbers can be expressed in the form of n^2, where n is any integer. Which of the following is NOT a square number?

From Quiz "Square Numbers"

  Interesting Indices in Incredible Instances!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Index notation is an interesting and efficient way to manipulate both numbers and algebra. Here are the basics. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, jonnowales, Jul 15 15
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Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Vectors are critical to both modern-day physics and math. Here's a quick refresher.
Average, 10 Qns, CellarDoor, Nov 13 20
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Nov 13 20
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  Fractions   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about these mathematics fractions? Give it a try and thanks for playing.
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jan 26 18
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Jan 26 18
2244 plays
  Complex Numbers: Real and Imaginary!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Complex numbers are very useful in the fields of maths and physics and this is, hopefully, an interesting look at them in all their glory...even if only briefly! Good luck. :)
Average, 10 Qns, jonnowales, Apr 09 10
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  Euler's Number and Euler's Constant    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many people think that Euler's number (2.718...) and the Euler's constant (0.5772...) refer to the same number, but they do not. This quiz tests your knowledge on these two beautiful mathematical constants. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Sep 24 09
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  That Scary Binary System!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the binary system, which is based on powers of two. Remember, our system of numbers is based on powers of ten, so let that be a hint! Good luck! You really need knowledge on place value at the very least.
Average, 10 Qns, XxHarryxX, Nov 19 23
Nov 19 23
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  The (Mis) Adventures of Miss Polly Nomial editor best quiz    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This is a quiz all about polynomials and their properties. Enjoy!
Tough, 15 Qns, Mrs_Seizmagraff, May 20 16
3610 plays
  Prime Numbers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many great mathematicians are fascinated by prime numbers. How much do you know about them? Have fun and thanks for playing.
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jan 15 20
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Jan 15 20
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  Graph Theory    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Most people think that graph theory is the study of linear, quadratic, exponential and other types of graphs, but actually it is not. Take this quiz to find out more about this topic. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jan 19 21
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Jan 19 21
674 plays
  Math: Exponents    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a pretty simple quiz on exponents. Since I couldn't denote powers any other way I wrote the questions and answers in word form. For purposes of this quiz, assume that x is any positive real number.
Average, 10 Qns, GinAndTonic, Mar 08 17
8487 plays
  Group Theory for Beginners    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
While it sounds advanced, the mathematical concept of a group is fundamental to many things we take for granted - things as elementary as being able to add and subtract. Come on in and learn about groups!
Tough, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Nov 16 17
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Nov 16 17
310 plays
  Arithmetic Sequences    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
An arithmetic sequence is a sequence in which all the terms have a common difference. Knowledge of linear equations from algebra is needed. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, rodney_indy, Aug 22 18
Aug 22 18
1615 plays
  The Imaginary Unit, i    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
The imaginary unit, i, may seem out-of-this-world, but it really isn't; take this quiz and test your familiarity with i and the wonderful world of complex numbers. Enjoy!
Average, 15 Qns, achernar, Nov 17 19
Nov 17 19
1510 plays
  Introduction to Differential Equations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz covers some basic terms and classifications of differential equations. Everyone can have a try. Best of luck and enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Dec 06 19
Matthew_07 gold member
Dec 06 19
851 plays
  Transcendental Numbers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
An introduction to the fascinating world of transcendental numbers - you've heard of pi, now what about the rest?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Oct 14 11
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  Tower of Hanoi    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You might have seen and played this mathematical puzzle before, but how much do you know about the story and maths behind it? Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Dec 05 23
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Dec 05 23
416 plays
  Pi - The Beauty of Mathematics   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Pi appears in many mathematics and physics equations that describe the Universe's fundamental principles. How well do you know this intriguing pi? Give it a try and have fun.
Tough, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Dec 02 07
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  Phi - The Golden Ratio   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The golden ratio has many interesting properties. How much do you know about this unique number? Give it a try and have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Jun 28 07
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  A Quiz about Nothing   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
And it has nothing to do with Seinfeld. This really is a quiz about zero, nothing, nil, nada, zip, bubkes....
Difficult, 10 Qns, austinnene, Sep 27 13
1563 plays
  Consecutive Numbers    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Consecutive numbers or consecutive integers have some very interesting properties. Are you ready? 1-2-3, let's play the quiz. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, Matthew_07, Oct 21 20
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Oct 21 20
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Specific Math Topics Trivia Questions

1. A curious pattern emerges when you plot all non-negative numbers in a spiral formation. Circling all the prime numbers on this spiral creates what kind of pattern?

From Quiz
The Mysterious World of Numbers

Answer: Ulam Spiral

The interesting thing about the Ulam Spiral is that all the prime numbers tend to line up on diagonal lines. The number you start with doesn't even have to be 1; it can be as large as you want and the primes will still line up in diagonal clusters. Nobody knows why prime numbers do this. It's odd that something as orderly as this can be graphed on something as chaotic as a spiral.

2. The concept of infinity can be traced back a long way, including to an ancient culture that gave us the mathematician Pythagoras. Which one?

From Quiz Infinity Affinities

Answer: Greece

The ancient Greeks knew about infinity: for example the philosopher Aristotle discussed very large groups of numbers that could not be practically counted. However, they were not able to define it as a mathematical concept and had trouble visualising something that never ended.

3. What type of number results when a positive odd number is raised to a power that is a positive integer?

From Quiz I Prefer Something Odd

Answer: always an odd number

An odd number multiplied by an odd number will always result in an odd number, regardless of the number or how many times it is being multiplied. Therefore, an odd number raised to any integer power (whether odd or even) will always result in an odd number.

4. What is the prime factorization of 28?

From Quiz The Number 28

Answer: 2x2x7

The prime factorization of a number tells what prime numbers multiply to that number. 2x2x5 is 20, 2x3x5 is 30, and 2x3x7 is 42.

5. Complex numbers come in two parts and are seen in the form 'a + bi' where 'a' and 'b' are constants and 'i' is given the dreamy name, the imaginary unit. Which of those letters represents the *real* part of the complex number?

From Quiz Complex Numbers: Real and Imaginary!

Answer: a

The best way to look at a complex number ('a + bi') is in two parts, the first part is 'a' and you'll notice it is not multiplied by the imaginary unit, 'i'. It, 'a', is therefore not imaginary and is thus real, however, 'b' is multiplied by the imaginary unit and so 'b' is the imaginary part of the complex number. a = Real part b = Imaginary part i = Imaginary unit

6. When a vertex Q is connected by an edge to a vertex K, what is the term for the relationship between Q and K?

From Quiz Basics of Graph Theory

Answer: Q and K are "adjacent."

Vertices Q and K are adjacent. The edge connecting Q and K would be considered "incident" to both Q and K. A vertex that is not incident to any edges at all is "isolated." The term "insecure," on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to do with graph theory!

7. When you make a conclusion based upon a pattern found in a series of examples, what is that called?

From Quiz Prove it! Mathematically, of course.

Answer: Inductive reasoning

Inductive reasoning is generally not accepted as a form of proof; it is usually used to find an original conclusion to further prove. Many ideas that have come out of inductive reasoning have been proved incorrect by counter-examples.

8. Which Swiss mathematician is the pioneer in the field of graph theory?

From Quiz Graph Theory

Answer: Leonhard Euler

Apart from graph theory, Euler also made great contribution in the field of calculus. The irrational number, e (2.71828...) is named after him.

9. The Tower of Hanoi is a mathematical puzzle that was invented back in 1883 by a French mathematician. Who was he/she?

From Quiz Tower of Hanoi

Answer: Édouard Lucas

Apart from the Tower of Hanoi, Lucas was also known for his work on the famous Fibonacci sequence. Another version of the sequence, namely the Lucas sequence was named after him.

10. The first few triangular numbers are 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21... What is the general formula for finding the nth triangular number?

From Quiz Triangular Numbers

Answer: n + (n-1) + (n-2) + ... + 2 + 1

The general formula for triangular numbers is n + (n-1) + (n-2) + ... + 2 + 1. Let say we want to find the 5th triangular number. So we just need to substitute n with 5 to get our answer, which is 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 15.

11. What is the term or name given to describe whether a number is odd or even?

From Quiz Odd or Even?

Answer: Parity

In layman's term, we often say a number is either odd or even. However, in the field of mathematics, this is referred as the parity of a number.

12. I'll begin with the following formula, which is for the sum of the first n positive integers: 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + n = n(n + 1)/2 Using this formula, find the following sum: 1 + 2 + 3 + ... + 74

From Quiz Finite Sums

Answer: 2775

Here n = 74, so the sum is given by 74*75/2 = 2775.

13. A typical exponentiation operation can be written as x^y (x to the power of y). Here, 'y' is called the exponent. On the other hand, 'x' is called?

From Quiz Exponentiation

Answer: The base

The operation x^y (x to the power of y) means that we multiply 'x' for 'y' times. For example, 3^4 means that we multiply the number 3 for 4 times, as in 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 = 81.

14. Is zero odd or even?

From Quiz A Quiz about Nothing

Answer: even

One common test to determine if a number is odd or even is to divide it by two. If nothing is left over, it's an even number. Zero meets the definition of an even number using this test. A second test is that an odd number is defined as an even number plus one. Adding one to zero results in a sum of 1, which is an odd number because it can't be evenly divided by 2. It is also true that numbers generally alternate in sequence--odd, even, odd, even. Zero would fall into an even place in sequence with the numbers on either side of it. There are people who feel that zero cannot be put into either category, but my research indicated that the prevailing consensus among mathematicians is that zero is even.

15. Leonhard Euler started using pi as the notation for the constant 3.141... in the year 1737. Pi is the 16th letter in the Greek alphabet, which signifies?

From Quiz Pi - The Beauty of Mathematics

Answer: Perimeter

Perimeter corresponds to a circle's circumference.

16. The factorial of an integer n is denoted by n!. This n! notation was first used by a French mathematician. Who was he?

From Quiz Factorial!

Answer: Christian Kramp

Kramp was born in Strasbourg, France in 1760. He used the notation n! in 1808 in one of his books, "Elements d'arithmétique Universelle".

17. The word "fraction" originates from the Latin word, "fractus", which means?

From Quiz Fractions

Answer: Broken

The Latin word "fractus" is also the root for the English word "fracture". Many mathematical terms are originated from Latin and Greek words.

18. How many square roots does a positive real number have?

From Quiz Square Roots - The Basics

Answer: 2

Every nonzero real number has two square roots.

19. The first few Fibonacci numbers are 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13... These numbers are named after Fibonacci, whose real name is?

From Quiz Fibonacci Numbers

Answer: Leonardo da Pisa

Leonardo was born in Pisa, Italy, the place that houses the famous Leaning Tower. His Italian name was Leonardo Pisano.

20. The value of phi, namely the golden number is approximately 1.6180339887... What type of number is it?

From Quiz Phi - The Golden Ratio

Answer: An irrational number

The value 1.61803... can also be derived mathematically from the famous Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...), by dividing a successive Fibonacci number by its previous one. The accuracy of the value obtained increases when greater Fibonacci numbers are used. For example, 1597/987 = 1.618034448.

21. What 'word' is formed when you find 20% of 0.567?

From Quiz Calculator Words!

Answer: Hello

One of the classic 'words' you can make on a calculator. Answer to sum is 0.1134 - rotate - Hello.

22. How can one tell if an integer is divisible by 6?

From Quiz Divisibility Rules? Divisibility Rules!

Answer: The last digit is even and the sum of digits is divisible by 3

An easy one to start with, building on the divisibility rules for 2 (last digit is even) and 3 (sum of digits is divisible by 3). Divisibility by 6 means divisibility by both 2 and 3 (prime factors of 6), so both rules have to be applied.

23. Who said the following famous quote (appears on the intro to this quiz): "Mathematics is the Queen of all Sciences, and the Theory of Numbers is the Queen of Mathematics."

From Quiz Mathematics History II

Answer: Gauss

German mathematician Carl Friederich Gauss said this famous quote. A number of other prominent mathematicians believe so, too. Gauss is widely regarded as the greatest mathematician to have lived. Many top mathematicians enjoy working on ideas like Number Theory that seem to have no relevance to our daily life.

24. What is the title of G.H. Hardy's most famous work on his experiences as a mathematician?

From Quiz Mathematics History

Answer: A Mathematician's Apology

'My Life As A Mathematician' is a name I made up. 'Elements' was written by Euclid. 'Disquisitiones Arithemticae' was written by Gauss. 'A Mathematician's Apology' is a famous work dating from 1940.

25. I'll start by warning all those math die-hards who want everything with mathematical precision that I am cutting corners big time so don't get upset. Until we had complex numbers, we were quite happy with the numbers we had. These were called:

From Quiz Who is Afraid of Big Bad "i"?

Answer: Real

In the beginning we were just counting 1, 2, 3, and were happy. We called them counting or natural numbers. Then the Indians invented chess and the zero and people soon found out that you could actually count backward from zero thus inventing negative numbers. We called the whole bunch Integers and we were happy. Then someone had to divide three apple pies between eleven children and had to invent fractions (you know... numerator, denominator).These numbers still made sense, right? So we called them Rational. Then mathematicians started to emerge and he was not satisfied, he invented pi and e and sqrt2 : stuff you can't write as a fraction. In the true spirit of their predecessors mathematicians called these numbers irrational, put his arms around all numbers known and called them "real". And we were happy. (Actually the historical order of invention is: rational, irrational, zero, negative... I told you I was cutting corners).

26. 1/3 of the beads in a box are red, 2/3 of the remainder are blue and the rest are yellow. If there are 24 red beads, how many yellow beads are there?

From Quiz Ratios

Answer: 16

The correct answer is 16. Here is how to solve word problem: 24 x 3 = 72 (total number of beads) 72-24 = 48 1 - 2/3 = 1/3 1/3 x 48 = 16 (answer)

27. Add the binary numbers 101 and 111 together. Give your answer in binary form.

From Quiz Operations in That Scary Binary System!

Answer: 1100

I find the easiest way to add binary numbers is to convert them into base ten and add them together then. You can then change the number back into the binary system. Keep in mind that the last slot in a binary number is 2^0, not 2^1, which means when there are, say, 5 digits in a binary number, the first number is in the 2^4 slot, not the 2^5 slot. The binary system is based on powers of two, so 101 is equal to (2^2 * 1) + (2^1 * 0) + (2^0 * 1). Simplify that into 4 + 0 + 1, or 5. Do the same with 111, your other binary number. (2^2 * 1) + (2^1 * 1) + (2^0 * 1), which can be simplified to 4 + 2 + 1, which is equal to 7. Take your two numbers that are in base ten, 5 and 7, and add them together to get 12. Change that into a binary number by determining which powers of two add up to twelve. If you try 2^4 (which is 16) first, you will see that 16 is larger than 12, and a 1 cannot be in the 2^4 spot. Try 2^3, which is 8. You will see that it is smaller than 12 and therefore can have a 1 put in its place. Progress on to 2^2, which is 4. You have 4 left over with your 12, so stick a 1 in that place. Place zeros in the 2^1 and 2^0 place value slots, because you have your number. Your binary number for 12 is 1100.

28. What are the only two numbers used in the binary system?

From Quiz That Scary Binary System!

Answer: 0, 1

Only zero and one are used because they are the only numbers that when placed in a binary number, will not multiply out to a higher place value. Example: 20 in binary system would equal (2^2 * 1) + (2^0 * 0) which is equal to 4. Four is a power of two, so it needs a new place value spot for itself.

29. How is the imaginary unit, i, defined?

From Quiz The Imaginary Unit, i

Answer: A solution of the equation x^2 = -1

Solving the equation x^2 = -1, one gets the values of "x" to be sqrt[-1] and -sqrt[-1] (i.e. the positive and negative square roots of -1 respectively). We denote either of the two solutions by the symbol "i", and thus get the two solutions of the equation to be i and -i. So now that we've found that the equation x^2 = -1 has two solutions (i and -i), which is the real "i"? The definition itself of the imaginary unit ("a solution of the equation x^2 = -1") is ambiguous, because the equation has two solutions. However, all ambiguity can be removed if you just choose one of the two solutions and forever call it "the positive i". Summing things up, - The square root of -1 is an imaginary number denoted by the symbol "i". - i squared equals -1.

30. The number "e" is named after which mathematician?

From Quiz Excited About "e"

Answer: Euler

In mathematics, the letter e stands for "Euler's number". Leonard Euler (1707-1783) is generally considered one of the greatest and most influential mathematicians in history. He is responsible: for introducing the letter pi to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter; for using the letter i to represent the square root of -1; the geometric labeling of angles in polygons with upper case letters, and the sides in lowercase letters; many of the notations used in calculus; establishment of the field of graph theory as he solved the Konigsberg bridge problem; and, relevant for this quiz, developing the current definition of the value of e. He was not the first to encounter e, but he was the first to use e to represent the number.

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