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#1 2013-11-07 10:36:12

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Divide by zero

Do you ever think there would be a second imaginary number?  A one about x/0?  There could be one, since √-1 was once thought to be impossible.

 

#2 2013-11-07 11:01:44

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Re: Divide by zero

Hi calculator;

One problem with x / 0 is that when we have



we can multiply that 3 on both sides and it makes sense.
6 does equal 2 * 3. But since we agree that 0 x anything = 0 let's see what happens. Supposing we say



we multiply by 0 on both sides and get the contradictory statement that 6 = n * 0 when we already know that anything times 0 is 0.

So, I would say you will never see that definition changed.


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#3 2013-11-07 12:43:22

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Re: Divide by zero

Those arithmetic are clearly not working with x/0 but that does not stop you from calling it an imaginary number.


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#4 2013-11-07 16:56:15

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Re: Divide by zero

It is undefined. Imaginary number was a term used for a complex number.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
 

#5 2013-11-19 14:35:44

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I meant, a new kind of a number


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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#6 2013-11-19 21:13:24

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Re: Divide by zero

It leads to too many contradictions to call it anything.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.
I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it.
All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
 

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