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#1 2017-01-04 16:04:21

popotamian
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0*∞ = ? thinking about line

The line has 0 height and ∞ lenght so the area is 0*∞=0 but it is made from ∞ points with 0 length so 0*∞=∞.
What's your opinion about this?

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#2 2017-01-04 20:33:15

bob bundy
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Re: 0*∞ = ? thinking about line

hi popotamian

Welcome to the forum.

Mathematicians have a symbol for infinity and use it in certain topics but have found it is best not to regard it as a number, as it doesn't obey the usual rules.  Your question is a good demonstration of this.  Here's some more:

∞ +1 = ∞

∞ x 5 = ∞
∞ x 7 = ∞

∞ /∞ = ????

Bob


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#3 2017-01-05 05:27:40

Mathegocart
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Re: 0*∞ = ? thinking about line

Specifically, the ubiquitous operations are not defined for infinity.


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