# Do Not Divide by Zero

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Division of whole numbers can be done in two ways. (Long division combines the two.)

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Contributed by: George Beck (March 2011)

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Because , ,, and so on, it seems reasonable that should be , as well.

But in that case, . The number is not special; is any number you want.

Another possibility is that is not . Suppose it is instead. Then . So is after all.

Whatever we assume to be, we can use fractions to show it would be anything else. So we cannot give any value.

So do not divide by zero!

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Published: March 7 2011