- 01 May '05 15:07

Since we're being all literal and mathematical....*Originally posted by Duck Duck Goose***how many times does 3 go into -3?**

some of you might say it goes in to it -1 times, but how can you go into something -1 times? you either go into it (1+) or not (0)

Surely it goes in 'once' or 'one time' not -1 times.

-1 is just the factor you use to mutliply 3, not the actual amount of times it goes into it. - 01 May '05 16:15

Perhaps if I take the apple off my head, myself and the entire Universe will cease to exist...*Originally posted by jimslyp69***Mathematically, yes. Literally, you do not have any apples on your head. But mathematically you cannot have no number of apples on your head beac=se n0 number cannot exis$t in a d3m0cracy.**

- 01 May '05 16:22i think you are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Mathematics in it's entirety is a theory which has no real grasp on reality. The number 1 (the basis for mathematics) doesn't really represent anything real. There is no 1 of anything since there are no 2 things in this universe that are identicle single entities.
- 01 May '05 16:38

What an odd thing to say. Mathematics is more about concepts than numbers and numbers themselves provide a language for these concepts.*Originally posted by Asher123***i think you are looking at it from the wrong perspective. Mathematics in it's entirety is a theory which has no real grasp on reality. The number 1 (the basis for mathematics) doesn't really represent anything real. There is no 1 of anything since there are no 2 things in this universe that are identicle single entities.**

You sound more like a philosopher than a mathematician. - 01 May '05 16:41i think any good mathemtaician is somewhat of a philosopher as well, just as any good physicist is. We provide a language which best fits our understanding and best allows us to explore the world intelectually, but it's just that - a language. And just as the word 'Chair' is a poor representative of an actual chair (the word chair can be used to describe an infinite number of pieces of furniture) so in mathematics.
- 01 May '05 18:56

Mathematically, I doubt there are an infinite number of solutions to -3/3.*Originally posted by Mephisto2***It depends in which set you are reasoning. But since -3 exists, I would assume you are talking about the set of whole numbers (positive and negative), and -1 would be a good answer. If you were talking real numbers, then there would be an infintie number of answers, and so on ....** - 01 May '05 19:57

How can there be a negative number?*Originally posted by Duck Duck Goose***how many times does 3 go into -3?**

some of you might say it goes in to it -1 times, but how can you go into something -1 times? you either go into it (1+) or not (0)

If you're talking about negative numbers, why can't positive numbers go into them negative one times?