# Google gives 0^0=1

1. Dec 13, 2011

### EternityMech

they also gave 2 instead 288 on the infamous equation. who works in the math department for google?

2. Dec 13, 2011

### arabianights

when i was young, i use scratch book instead of calculator to do math

and now people use google instead of calculator to do math

3. Dec 13, 2011

### KingNothing

when i was young, i use calculator instead of google to do math

and now people use wolfram alpha instead of google to do math

4. Dec 13, 2011

What is the "infamous" equation?

5. Dec 13, 2011

He probably means 48÷2(9+3). We shouldn't talk about it, though.

6. Dec 13, 2011

### neyzenyelda

I am as idiot as google. I thought zero to the power zero equaled one, too.

7. Dec 13, 2011

### Jack21222

I could be very very wrong about this, but as I understand it, while 0^0 is technically undefined, it's often defined as 1 to simplify certain problems.

8. Dec 13, 2011

It's 2.

9. Dec 13, 2011

### micromass

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10. Dec 13, 2011

### dextercioby

Wolframalpha is the the best resource out there for a lazy person who doesn't care about his math skills.

Yes, google can't be trusted.

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11. Dec 13, 2011

### arabianights

has anyone read 'Stories of your life and others' by Ted Chiang?

one of the stories deals with 0/0

12. Dec 13, 2011

### Staff: Mentor

It has so many values for physical constants that are outdated or flat-out wrong. Avogadro's number, the astronomical unit, Newton's gravitational constant, pick one: It's probably wrong to some degree or another. For example, the google calculator value for the AU differs from the published value by 129 kilometers. The uncertainty in the published value is 3 meters.

13. Dec 13, 2011

### dlgoff

I'd rather use my [STRIKE]slid[/STRIKE] slide rule after hearing all of this. :)

Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
14. Dec 13, 2011

### jhae2.718

Not this crap again!

15. Dec 13, 2011

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
*wonders of slid rule is the past tense of slide rule*

16. Dec 13, 2011

### Jimmy Snyder

*wonders if of is future tense of if*

17. Dec 13, 2011

### lisab

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18. Dec 13, 2011

### BobG

My slide rule won't calculate 0^0, so it must be undefined.

19. Dec 13, 2011

### dlgoff

Dang. I've been looking for that Zero all day. Go figure.

20. Dec 13, 2011

### dlgoff

Notice my reason for editing. I just slid it back into its sheath.