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Topic: When 0 divided by 0 isn't infinity... (was: Re: I lost an account...)
Replies: 46   Last Post: Mar 4, 2004 11:59 PM

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 The Ghost In The Machine Posts: 1,432 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: When 0 divided by 0 isn't infinity... (was: Re: I lost an account...)
Posted: Mar 4, 2004 11:59 PM

<me@privacy.net>
wrote
on Thu, 4 Mar 2004 05:25:26 -0000
<c26f6u\$1qjb3k\$20@ID-111037.news.uni-berlin.de>:
> x-no-archive: yes
> Reverend Parson Peter Parsnip wrote:
> news://48d3d75a88d6241007ac08c4c1ef4968@news.bubbanews.com
>

>> The Lord alerted my mind to the presence of this EVIL article by cheap,
>> and I thusly replied:
>>

>>> A Genius divider wrote :
>>>
>>> "Zero divided by zero is infinity."
>>>
>>> I say :
>>>
>>> Wharrrrrrrff
>>>

>>
>> ROTFL!
>>
>> You are obviously holding on to some genius proof that the mathematical
>> community has missed for centuries. What a clever person you are!
>>
>> Tell us all! Don't go all coy on us now.

>
>
> "indeterminate"
>

To expand on that a bit: if A = 0/0, then 0 * A = 0. Since this
is true for any real A 0/0 cannot really be defined all that well... :-)

It is possible of course to do things like

lim (x->0) ((x^2 - x) / x) = -1 or lim (x->0) (sin x/x) = 1.

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