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#1 2009-07-29 12:17:22

MathsIsFun
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Dividing by Zero

I thought I would make a page on Dividing by Zero

I don't think it is very good at all, so I am hoping for some good criticisms and ideas.


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#2 2009-07-29 12:37:25

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Re: Dividing by Zero

Hi Mathsifun;

It's understandable and makes the point. So what's wrong with it? Nothing!


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#3 2009-07-29 21:57:42

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Re: Dividing by Zero

For centuries it has been undefined, but today...

...I define it to be equal to be 42!!!

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#4 2009-07-29 22:15:27

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Re: Dividing by Zero

Hi identity;

That clears up some problems I have been having.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?
Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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#5 2009-07-29 23:56:08

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Re: Dividing by Zero

I should put that in ... wait, no.

Any other suggestions to improve it? smile


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#6 2009-09-01 11:12:46

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Re: Dividing by Zero

If I where you I would also put that 12/0=0 because if there are 0 people how do you split it up so that is is equal

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#7 2009-09-01 11:15:48

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Re: Dividing by Zero

But it can't be zero, or you have turned 12 chocolates into nothing, which would be a waste of good chocolate smile


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#8 2009-09-01 14:53:02

simron
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Re: Dividing by Zero

MathsIsFun wrote:

But it can't be zero, or you have turned 12 chocolates into nothing, which would be a waste of good chocolate smile

No, a mystery guest named Mr. Bubbles walks in and eats them all. No waste! smile

Last edited by simron (2009-09-01 14:54:00)


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#9 2009-09-02 10:12:48

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Re: Dividing by Zero

I like the first sentence and the picture with it. roflol


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#10 2009-11-25 06:20:59

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Re: Dividing by Zero

I'm learning limits so this should come in handy = ]

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