# Whats 1 divided by 0

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:27

Of course, in mathematics, 1 - or any number for that matter divided by 0 is infinity. Why would you not give that as an option? Or do you truly not know?

### #17 pack34

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:29

Since you can't really divide up zero, try using numbers that are close to zero, like 1/0.001 then try 1/0.00001 and keep making the number smaller, watch what happens as you get closer to zero.

Bigger, not smaller

### #18 Joe User

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:36

Bigger, not smaller

No, smaller.

0.01 is much larger than 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001

\$.1 = one dime
\$.01 = one penny
Which is smaller?

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:38

Any finite number divided by 0 equals infinity. Do what Joe USer says.

By dividing 1 by 0, you're asking the question: How many times does 0 fit into 1?
Each time you do what Joe USer says, you're ask that question.
An infinite amount of times. So in a sense, you can but at the same time you can't. It depends on what you want to do. You can't turn it around, like, multiply the quotient with 0 and you'll get 0. So, you have to break rules to use infinity. You can't say "impossible", you need to think outside the box. Infinity is a funny subject.
There's no definitive answer. It depends on the use of the division and the context.
Computers don't like dividing by zero because it runs a loop of add (adding a negative) to see how many times it fits and what's left results in the carry. Computers don't compute infinity. So to stop the processor from stalling, they've added an exception and you need to write code to catch that or check it before you divide.
Subtract (negative add) the dividend/numerator with the divisor/denominator until you reach zero. Do this until you can't subtract anymore and return the quotient. If the remainder is not 0 then set the carry-flag and write the remainder to X (depending on architecture).

### #20 bodmas

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:40

1/1 = 1
1/.5 = 2
1/.25 = 4
1/.125 = 8
1/.0625 = 16
1/.01 = 100
1/.001 = 1000
so, we see that when denominator goes decreasing result goes increasing keeping numerator constant. now lets presume that denominator is infinity away from zero and then we use it as denomintaor to divide 1 then we get closest to infinity. you can imagin it.

### #21 neo158

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:44

The answer is the meaning of life and all existence.

That would be 42.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:50

That would be 42.

Thank you! That makes sooooo much more sense! Between ShMaunder's comment and your clarification I now know that 1/0 = 42.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:52

throw new DivideByZeroException();

### #24 pack34

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 00:55

1/1 = 1
1/.5 = 2
1/.25 = 4
1/.125 = 8
1/.0625 = 16
1/.01 = 100
1/.001 = 1000
so, we see that when denominator goes decreasing result goes increasing keeping numerator constant. now lets presume that denominator is infinity away from zero and then we use it as denomintaor to divide 1 then we get closest to infinity. you can imagin it.

Thank you, Sir BODMAS

### #25 JaredFrost

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:04

7

### #26 +Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:11

I don't know, therefore aliens.

### #27 Joe User

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:13

Thank you! That makes sooooo much more sense! Between ShMaunder's comment and your clarification I now know that 1/0 = 42.

No, everyone knows that 6 x 9 = 42.

### #28 +Karl L.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:17

No, everyone knows that 6 x 9 = 42.

There's multiple ways to get 42?! I always thought it was a prime!

### #29 srbeen

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:21

I liked the part where someone explained exactly how to almost divide by 0, and everyone ignored the post and said ridiculous things not even relating to the problem at hand.

### #30 Joe User

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:25

I liked the part where someone explained exactly how to almost divide by 0, and everyone ignored the post and said ridiculous things not even relating to the problem at hand.

I blame social networking.