Where to Find a Reliable Answer?

• Euphoriet
In summary, Euphoriet is looking for a solution to a math problem that he has been unable to find a constant answer to, and Moonbear suggests that the answer could be indeterminate.
Euphoriet
Sorry I can't seem to find a 'constant" answer anywhere..

0/0 is indeterminate. It has no specific value.

- Warren

Undefined, afaik.

Indeterminate. It doesn't mean the same thing as "undefined."

If you have real numbers $a$ and $b\neq 0$ then we say

$$\frac{a}{b} = c$$

if

$$a = bc$$

Now, say $a=b=0$ so we are looking at $0/0$. But $0 = 0c$ is true for every real c, so we can't give it a specific value. We thus call it "indeterminate."

Undefined. It doesn't mean the same thing as "indeterminate".

When a value z is not in the domain of a function f, we say that f is undefined at z, or more simply, f(z) is undefined.

This is exactly what's going on here: (0, 0) is not in the domain of the binary function /.

The only mathematical usage of the term "indeteriminate" that I can recall is that of an indeterminate form. The particular relevant example is when you have a limit of a ratio, and you naively apply the limit theorems to get the fraction 0/0, this is said to be an indeterminate form. This is not because you're trying to evaluate 0 divided by zero, but because your manipulations have not provided you with any useful information about the limit.

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chroot said:
0/0 is indeterminate.

mattmns said:
Undefined, afaik.

Data said:
Indeterminate. It doesn't mean the same thing as "undefined."

Hurkyl said:
Undefined. It doesn't mean the same thing as "indeterminate".

Moonbear said:
Do I detect the initial stages of a hijacking?

Thou mocketh us?

You're right... I should say that it is both undefined and indeterminate, with the qualification that the term indeterminate refers to some subclass of things that are undefined (although I haven't thought about precisely how I would want to define this subclass, and in this case I should say that it is undefined and more precisely indeterminate). Obviously using indeterminate in that way does not put it in any sort of direct correlation with the notion of an indeterminate form.

Note that I have carefully constructed this such that nothing in my last post is quite untrue.

I like being able to define things~

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Hurkyl said:
Thou mocketh us?

Moi?

All I know is that winding up with 0/0 either meant I needed to go back and find the mistake in my math homework, or that I've included the wrong cells in Excel in my formula for something.

Hurkyl said:
Thou mocketh us?

*puts his hand on Moonbear's shoulder*

easy.. easy.. RUN! RUN BIOLOGY GURU RUN!

cronxeh said:
*puts his hand on Moonbear's shoulder*

easy.. easy.. RUN! RUN BIOLOGY GURU RUN!

Phew! Narrow escape! Thanks. Wait, how did I wind up back in this thread?! *ducks and runs* What did I do with that kevlar apron?

Hurkyl said:
Thou mocketh us?

Of course. What else would she do?

franznietzsche said:
Of course. What else would she do?

*sprays around more pheromones*

How about we call it indeterminately undefined? (How's that for diplomacy?)

*looks over to the left*

I think you've angered the angry Quantum Physics mob!

Moonbear said:
*sprays around more pheromones*

How about we call it indeterminately undefined? (How's that for diplomacy?)

Are you sure that wasn't the rhino spray?

franznietzsche said:
Are you sure that wasn't the rhino spray?

Oops, I think that was the experimental tibbet spray.

Moonbear said:
Oops, I think that was the experimental tibbet spray.

Is his head supposed to do that??

This is quite cool, I'm going to have to remember this.
Moonbear said:
How about we call it indeterminately undefined?
So... In other words an imprecise imprecision?

cronxeh said:
*looks over to the left*

I think you've angered the angry Quantum Physics mob!

Meh, I'm not worried about the Quantum Physics mob, I've got the Genco families backing me.

Well, we have established that Euphoriet is right, he can't get a constant answer anywhere. (BTW, Euphoriet, if you're looking for a correct answer, ignore me over here...this is what you get for asking a math question in GD).

Moonbear said:
Meh, I'm not worried about the Quantum Physics mob, I've got the Genco families backing me.

Well, we have established that Euphoriet is right, he can't get a constant answer anywhere. (BTW, Euphoriet, if you're looking for a correct answer, ignore me over here...this is what you get for asking a math question in GD).

Yeah it really was not the brightest thing to do asking that here.

franznietzsche said:
Is his head supposed to do that??

Well, um, it wasn't supposed to do quite that. As I said, it's an experimental compound. I think I need to work on it a bit more.

Fools, all of you.

0/0 = 42

Point, game, match...SpaceTiger.

SpaceTiger said:
Fools, all of you.

0/0 = 42

Point, game, match...SpaceTiger.

*sigh*

Really, its almost clichéd by this point.

franznietzsche said:
*sigh*

Really, its almost clichéd by this point.

*Mental note: stick to science sections*

SpaceTiger said:
*Mental note: stick to science sections*

Everyone's welcome in GD. Especially cute guys who live near my favorite chocolate shop. Franz, be nice to SpaceTiger, I'm working on a chocolate connection for the Genco families.

Moonbear said:
Everyone's welcome in GD. Especially cute guys who live near my favorite chocolate shop. Franz, be nice to SpaceTiger, I'm working on a chocolate connection for the Genco families.

Are you thinkink you can be givink my family orders? Nyet!

Hurkyl said:
Thou mocketh us?
Yeth.

franznietzsche said:
Is his head supposed to do that??

Moonbear said:
Everyone's welcome in GD. Especially cute guys who live near my favorite chocolate shop. Franz, be nice to SpaceTiger, I'm working on a chocolate connection for the Genco families.
Well... okay. But it better be good chocolate.

Danger said:
Well... okay. But it better be good chocolate.

Oh, it is!

Moonbear said:
Oh, it is!
Alright then... he's in.

Danger said:
Alright then... he's in.

ONly if i have something to say about it.

He can stay, but the clichés have to be used on a limited basis. And i say this as a huge fan of the Hitchhiker's Series.

franznietzsche said:
He can stay, but the clichés have to be used on a limited basis. And i say this as a huge fan of the Hitchhiker's Series.

Ugh, I'm glad not everyone is this rude.

Moonbear, there is chocolate, but where are those biology lessons?!

SpaceTiger said:
Moonbear, there is chocolate, but where are those biology lessons?!
Since Moonbear's not hear, I'll take the chocolate. mmmf, *chomp*, snorf I know Moonbear won't mind.

Good chocolate SpaceTiger.

Evo said:
Since Moonbear's not hear, I'll take the chocolate. mmmf, *chomp*, snorf I know Moonbear won't mind.

Good chocolate SpaceTiger.

Hey! I was saving that for biology lessons!

Bah, now I'll have to settle for learning philosophy or something.

SpaceTiger said:
Hey! I was saving that for biology lessons!

Bah, now I'll have to settle for learning philosophy or something.
Hey, biology was one of my strongest subjects. Of course Moonbear is a *bit* more knowledgeable in that field.

Ok, I didnt eat them all. (puts the leftover chocolate back)

No one brings me chocolate.

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