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#1 2014-09-30 06:54:47

Registered: 2014-09-30
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#2 2014-09-30 07:01:57

From: Bumpkinland
Registered: 2009-04-12
Posts: 109,606

Re: Post deleted by OP.

Supposing you said that

n / 0 = k

where n and k both did not equal 0. Then we could multiply by 0 on both sides.

n = 0 * k

n = 0

something is wrong I just said n and k did not equal 0. Dividing by 0 leads to lots of contradicions.

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#3 2014-09-30 18:59:43

bob bundy
Registered: 2010-06-20
Posts: 8,371

Re: Post deleted by OP.

hi branster707

Welcome to the forum.

a/b-c = a/b - a/c
1/(1-1) = 1/1 - 1/1

You have a bracket in line 2 that is missing in line 1.

Either way, the algebra is wrong.  Suppose a = 7, b = 5 and c = 3


If you put in the bracket:

So your theory falls at line 1.  Sorry. sad

Division is defined as the inverse process to multiplication.  Thus:

So, in order to find a meaning for

we must look at this multiplication:

This equation has no solution, so you cannot find a meaning for dividing by zero. (unless you are prepared to abandon either the definition of division or the properties of multiplication.)


Last edited by bob bundy (2014-09-30 19:11:34)

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