Messages in this thread | | | Date | Tue, 11 Mar 1997 10:24:19 -0500 (EST) | From | Floody <> | Subject | Re: 2.0.30 - its all a numbers game, I tell ya! |
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On Tue, 11 Mar 1997, Taner Halicioglu wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 1997, Chairudin S. Harjo wrote: > > > Tony Knight wrote: > > > > > 2 * 1 + 0 = 2 + 0 / 30 > > 2 * 1 / 0 = 2 . 0 . 30 > > > > This one is wrong!!! > > Any number divided by 0 is infinite. > > So...the left side is infinite, the right side is not. > > no. Any non-zero number divided by zero results in an infinite answer. > 0/0, however, is strictly "undefined". > > 3/0 = X is the same as X*0 = 3, thus X=infinity
If this was true, then "infinity" * 0 == 3 would be true, but it is not. Any number multiplied by 0 is always 0, thus X cannot be a number (as someone else pointed out, this is probably why IEEE notates it as "NaN").
> > 0/0 = X is the same as X*0 = 0, thus X can be ANY number (thus, > undefined).
I'll buy that. :-) Or perhaps rather than undefined, X is the set of all real numbers (well, complex too).
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