Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Curricula » Investigations Other Topics

Topic: 0 divided by 0
Replies: 4   Last Post: Jun 2, 2011 8:48 AM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Tony

Posts: 1
Registered: 8/29/10
0 divided by 0
Posted: Aug 29, 2010 2:48 AM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

so i was thinking about this rationally:
anything times anything is whatever amount of whatever you have; ie: 4 x 5 = 20. 4 units of 5 is 20 units.
anything divided by anything becomes a fraction of what you had; ie: 20 / 5 = 4. 20 units divided into 5 parts of 4 units.
anything times nothing is nothing; 3 x 0 = 0. 3 units of 0 is 0.
however, now i get philosophical, when i divide anything by nothing, i'm left with what i had when i started. if i had 4 apples and divided them by nothing, i'm still left with 4 apples. 4 / 0 = 4
this is empirically correct, as far as i've gone to divide an apple by nothing. dividing by zero implies that you are doing nothing to the formula, thereby creating a non-functioning equation. its not that it doesn't work, its that you are not doing anything to the equation, you are not doing anything to x.

however, in thinking of 0 as a unit of measure rather than an absence of measure, it has been shown that any number multiplied by 0 is 0. 5 x 0 = 0, 235 x 0 = 0. 3346356.37839493 x 0 = 0.
therefore, 0 divided by 0 should equal every possible outcome. otherwise, any number multiplied by 0 would not equal 0.



Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.