# False (*The Rule of*)

. A method of solving certain mathematical questions generally done by equations. Suppose the question is this: “What number is that whose half exceeds its third by 12?” Assume any number you like as the supposed answer—say 96. Then, by the question, 96 ÷ 2 = 96 + 3 + 12, or 48 = 32 + 12, *i.e*. 54, but 48 does not equal 54, the latter is 16 too much.