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## Dividing by zero

This is a discussion on Dividing by zero within the General Off Topic+ forums, part of the QJ.net Forum Miscellaneous category; Well we aren't all that good in math....

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1. Well we aren't all that good in math.

2. Originally Posted by TeamOverload
Well we aren't all that good in math.
Speak for yourself.
I'm good at what i've learned so far.

3. Yeah Im good as well, but Im not that far into math yet. I have an A average in Algebra I.

4. Originally Posted by TeamOverload
Yeah Im good as well, but Im not that far into math yet. I have an A average in Algebra I.
I have a B+ in Algebra II.
It's some hard stuff!

5. Originally Posted by delight1
I should have known they would have a wikipedia on it. Its very informative though

6. A so far in MTH 169 :P

7. Originally Posted by delight1
A so far in MTH 169 :P
MTH 169?
What's that?

8. intermedat algerbra... its a prerec
and i beat iball to posting it! you know he would have :)

9. Originally Posted by delight1
intermedat algerbra... its a prerec
and i beat iball to posting it! you know he would have :)
Oh, ok.
How old are you?
Your picture leads me to believe you're 11.

10. *whacks with rubber chicken of smiting!* 16 and i am in college

11. That's gotta burn.

12. Oh my goodness.
0 could actually be any number, say 7, but it's just the english langauge has made it nothing.
For example, 7 can = 39.5, but we call it seven instead. It's just something we have named. Any number could equal anything else. like, what is 2 X 7 , you may think it's 14, but it could easily equal 79 if 7 does = 39.5 . Who are we to say what number is what?
How we measure distance isn't really correct, as there is no real way of measuring distance. Or time. We just put something there though to make it easier.

13. that sounds like bases. two is writen ten in binary. 15 is "F" in hexy decimal. ...

14. Exactly they just use different standards of how to measure it. You can use anyformat, in fact I can create my own thats on base 26 or something, it really doesn't matter.

15. but zero is alway zero in any base.

16. 0 is a neutral number, so no, it is not infinite.

17. Originally Posted by TPTaylor
Oh my goodness.
0 could actually be any number, say 7, but it's just the english langauge has made it nothing.
For example, 7 can = 39.5, but we call it seven instead. It's just something we have named. Any number could equal anything else. like, what is 2 X 7 , you may think it's 14, but it could easily equal 79 if 7 does = 39.5 . Who are we to say what number is what?
How we measure distance isn't really correct, as there is no real way of measuring distance. Or time. We just put something there though to make it easier.
Isn't that the whole point of language...? To quantify abstract ideas? So long as it has an agreed upon meaning, it doesn't matter.

Math is a way of describing the abstract just like language is. What you "call" stuff doesn't matter. "one" equals "uno" equals "."

18. Zero is a symbol for nothing... it's not infinite, it's nothing. You can't divide by zero because it's like dividing with a blank space.

19. Originally Posted by FrozenIpaq
How did this get into arguing about zero as a "number", the thread question can be answered without even needing to refer to zero as a number.

You can't divide one number by zero and expect it to be exactly correct. Sure there are imaginary numbers, quadratics, but this is simple
oh,,, those imaginary numbers,
i think they're the stupidest thing ever,,
(dont get me wrong, its easy to solve, but the theroy is just stupid)

i dont understand how a number, that doesnt even exist, when sqared equals -1,
its just doesnt make sense

20. My comment, although I see where your coming from. I will have to disagree with you.

Your logic would assume that if you do 10/0 being that its 0 it can go on forever. That is not the case, the answer would simple be null and no answer since it will not work as its not defined.

Your logic if it were true would mean this equation
2x=y would be defined as infinity too. This however as we know cannot be true as X would HAVE to be defined in order to solve the problem. If left alone, the answer to this equation is simple 2x=y

See where I am coming from? If a problem cannot be answered or calculated, its simply voided till more variables are defined.

Thats my view.

21. zero is nothing...

22. Originally Posted by Gutya
I just want to see who agrees with me. Some people i know do, some people don't. I just want to see what you think. I beleive that any number divided by 0 is infinity. Here is my reasoning:

Think about it this way, any number divided by 0 is infinity. Here is my example:

10 divided by 1 = 10
10 divided by 0.5 = 20
10 divided by 0.25 = 40

So by this reasoning, you can say that as the number you divide by gets smaller and smaller after 1, the answer gets larger and larger. If you had a number that was JUST after 0, you would have a huge number for the answer, so when you go down to zero, that number will be undefinable, therefore, infity.
I agree.... also it like saying how many times can you cut a cake in to 0 peices... try it once, it is zero peices? then do it again.... repeat...

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