Problems With 0

The 0 is a curiously and stranger number. We can't divide by 0, 0! is 1, any number raised by 0 is 1, no matter if the number is the 0 itself.

Today I want to talk about divisions involving 0.

Divide by 0 you can do, but the results are catastrophic!

You know that every number multiplied by 0 is 0 right? Ok, look this:

0×0=000=00\times 0=0\Rightarrow \frac { 0 }{ 0 } =0

Ok until now all sounds good, but:

0×1=000=10\times 1=0\Rightarrow \frac { 0 }{ 0 } =1

0×2=000=20\times 2=0\Rightarrow \frac { 0 }{ 0 } =2

0=1=20=1=2?!?!? This can be more stranger? Yes, can.

There are many bizarre "evidence" that say: "Any number divided by 0 results in infinity".

The first evidence is:

If the number 1 is divided by a much bigger number, the result approaches to 0:

12=0.5\frac { 1 }{ 2 } =0.5

13=0.33333...\frac { 1 }{ 3 } =0.33333...

110000000000000=0,0000000000001\frac { 1 }{ 10000000000000 } =0,0000000000001

110100000=10100000\frac { 1 }{{10}^{100000} } ={10}^{-100000}

Thus: 1=0\frac { 1 }{ \infty } =0

However if 1=0\frac { 1 }{ \infty } =0, 10=\frac { 1 }{ 0} =\infty. But, have a catastrophe on here:

10=0×=1 \frac {1 }{ 0 } =\infty \Rightarrow 0\times \infty=1

If all number multiplied by 0 is 0, why 0×=10\times \infty=1? 0=10=1?

What happens if we plot this function in a graph?

f(x)=1xf(x)=\frac { 1 }{ x }

Look the image above and see a curiously property of the graph:

When the X axis approaches to 0, the Y axis approaches to \infty.

The limit limx01x=\displaystyle\lim _{ x\rightarrow 0 }{ \frac { 1 }{ x } =\infty }, have 2 possible solutions: ++\infty or -\infty, when 00 is +0+0 or 0-0 respectively.

Seeing only the positive quadrant of the graph limx+01x=+\displaystyle\lim _{ x\rightarrow +0 }{ \frac { 1 }{ x } =+\infty }

Seeing only the negative quadrant of the graph limx01x=\displaystyle\lim _{ x\rightarrow -0 }{ \frac { 1 }{ x } =-\infty }

But -\infty and ++\infty are two different things and \infty is not a number. +0+0 and 0-0 are not necessarily numbers but something that says if the limit is negative or positive because 0 is neutral with respect to its sign.

Then x0\frac{x}{0} is indeterminable.

The 0 was a very important number in the history of mathematics, created to represent an empty space, where there was no unity at all. Today he is the target of discussions about it and why it is so mysterious, almost as mysterious as the concept of infinity. What do you think?

Note by Victor Paes Plinio
5 years, 6 months ago

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I've been playing with this and it came out that it's possible ..

Martina Bekeová - 4 years, 9 months ago

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