Fiendish_Dire_Moose

2009-10-20, 12:27 PM

(I'm in math 94, so this may not apply to those of you more math savvy.)

Math, the single universal truth in the world. We made it, and we applied it, and guess what, it worked. It was provable, understandable, and teachable. But as time went by, it became more complex. As technology grew we found ourselves needing math more and more.

What started out as 2+2=4, became 2x+4(3x-2)=x7-(34-x). And it didn't stop there. Math gave us science, and science served to further our technology even greater. But in this single great universal truth there is the single greatest lie teachers tell their students. This lie of course, is that dividing by zero, is undefined.

Let's take what we know first and foremost about division. Division is two things, it's repeated subtraction, and it is multiplication reversed. And these statements are truth. To multiply anything by zero, gets a result of zero. To subtract zero from anything, get a result of the original numerals.

So why does dividing by zero get an undefined result? The simple answer is that a number cannot go into zero. So then how does that make it undefined?

Zero=nothing. No capacity to hold numbers, no capacity to go into a number. So if we take what we know about zero, and divide a number into it, shouldn't the result simply be zero? Of course it should.

How many times can nothing go into 1,645? None. Zero will go into this number, zero times.

How many times can 45 go into nothing? None. A number multiplied by zero, is zero, so dividing the same number by said nothing, is nothing. You cannot fit 45 oranges into a cylinder if it is unable to hold anything.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the next time your math teacher tells you that dividing by zero is undefined, challenge him/her, and call them out for their lies. And when you do, quote Big Boss with, "All things return to Zero."

Math, the single universal truth in the world. We made it, and we applied it, and guess what, it worked. It was provable, understandable, and teachable. But as time went by, it became more complex. As technology grew we found ourselves needing math more and more.

What started out as 2+2=4, became 2x+4(3x-2)=x7-(34-x). And it didn't stop there. Math gave us science, and science served to further our technology even greater. But in this single great universal truth there is the single greatest lie teachers tell their students. This lie of course, is that dividing by zero, is undefined.

Let's take what we know first and foremost about division. Division is two things, it's repeated subtraction, and it is multiplication reversed. And these statements are truth. To multiply anything by zero, gets a result of zero. To subtract zero from anything, get a result of the original numerals.

So why does dividing by zero get an undefined result? The simple answer is that a number cannot go into zero. So then how does that make it undefined?

Zero=nothing. No capacity to hold numbers, no capacity to go into a number. So if we take what we know about zero, and divide a number into it, shouldn't the result simply be zero? Of course it should.

How many times can nothing go into 1,645? None. Zero will go into this number, zero times.

How many times can 45 go into nothing? None. A number multiplied by zero, is zero, so dividing the same number by said nothing, is nothing. You cannot fit 45 oranges into a cylinder if it is unable to hold anything.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the next time your math teacher tells you that dividing by zero is undefined, challenge him/her, and call them out for their lies. And when you do, quote Big Boss with, "All things return to Zero."