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Joined 13 Dec '06 Moves 3276 a) x/x is always 1
b) dividing by 0 is not possible
What is 0/0? The two rules contadict

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Joined 23 Aug '04 Moves 24791 Originally posted by The Ewanator
a) x/x is always 1
b) dividing by 0 is not possible
What is 0/0? The two rules contadict a) is not correct. You need to have a qualifier so that b) isn't a problem.

The correct expression is

x/x = 1, x =/= 0

x/x is undefined, x = 0

Joined 13 Dec '06 Moves 3276 OK, cheers, but what would you suggest as an answer to 0/0?

Joined 21 Sep '05 Moves 75006 Originally posted by The Ewanator
but what would you suggest as an answer to 0/0? If you keep asking questions like this then I'll need to send you to l'Hopital...

Joined 21 Feb '06 Moves 6830 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_by_zero

Going where needed.

Joined 16 May '07 Moves 3366 However, any function where the value x approaches a certain limit and produces a function value 0/0, can be changed or derived to a further to produce a non-zero answer.
So 0/0 can have some application.
ex.
lim (x --> 2) ((x^3)-8)/(x-2) = 0/0
((x^3)-8)/(x-2) = (x-2)(x^2+2x+4)/(x-2) = (x^2)+2x+4
lim (x--> 2) (x^2)+2x+4 = 2^2 + 2(2) + 4 = 12.

Joined 04 Sep '06 Moves 13491 Originally posted by AThousandYoung
a) is not correct. You need to have a qualifier so that b) isn't a problem.
The correct expression is
x/x = 1, x =/= 0
x/x is undefined, x = 0 You're too smart.

Joined 02 Jul '07 Moves 2416 Originally posted by Diapason
If you keep asking questions like this then I'll need to send you to l'Hopital... ðŸ™‚

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Joined 23 Aug '04 Moves 24791 Originally posted by The Ewanator
OK, cheers, but what would you suggest as an answer to 0/0? There is no answer. It's not defined.

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Joined 23 Aug '04 Moves 24791 Originally posted by Ramned
You're too smart. Thanks! ðŸ˜µ

Joined 12 Sep '07 Moves 2668 How about 0^0?
x^0 = 1
0^x = 1
So what is 0^0?

Joined 11 Nov '05 Moves 43938 Rule #1 of math: "You shall not divide by zero!"
So if you try to divide anything with zero, even zero itself, you violate the rule #1. If you do it anyway you can get any answer, i.e. you cannot ever trust the answer.
We have a function f(x) = x/x. What is f(0)?
f(0) = 0/0 = 1 because x/x is always = 1. Right?
We have another function f(x) = 0/x. What is f(0)?
f(0) = 0/0 = 0 because 0/x is always = 0. Right?
So now I have prooved that 0/0 is both =1 and =0. Right?
Wrong. I divided by zero in both cases, thus violated rule #1, and got a unreliable result. The proofs are worthless.
Conclusion: Do not ever try to divide by zero!

Joined 21 Feb '06 Moves 6830 Originally posted by Dejection
How about 0^0?
x^0 = 1
0^x = 1
So what is 0^0? I assume you meant:

x^0 = 1

0^x = 0 (or if you like e^x tends to 0 as e tends to 0).

So what is 0^0.

The answer is this is actually defined as being equal to 1, mainly so that the binomial theorem works!

Joined 07 Sep '05 Moves 35068 Originally posted by FabianFnas
Rule #1 of math: "You shall not divide by zero!" It was Rule #7 the way we we're taught ðŸ™‚

Joined 11 Nov '05 Moves 43938 Originally posted by mtthw
It was Rule #7 the way we we're taught ðŸ™‚ I would love to see the six first rules of yours! ðŸ™‚