The 0 is symbolic (Arabic origin I believe), it represents nothing. So you can say this is "illegal" in the sense that you haven't any quantity to divide 1 by. Or you can think of the smallest number, what is 1/that? It's big. Zero isn't the smallest number, but it's a good approximation.

It's not tricky at all. The result is undefined (it could be +infinity or -infinity), since you have failed to specify from which side of zero you're taking the limit. And if you don't know what that means, then you need to finish your first year calculus course.

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Best Answer 9 years ago

The 0 is symbolic (Arabic origin I believe), it represents

nothing.So you can say this is "illegal" in the sense that you haven't any quantity to divide 1 by.

Or you can think of the smallest number, what is 1/that? It's big. Zero isn't the smallest number, but it's a good

approximation.Infinity is a Mathematical-abstract like zero.

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9 years ago

It's not tricky at all. The result is undefined (it could be +infinity or -infinity), since you have failed to specify from which side of zero you're taking the limit. And if you don't know what that means, then you need to finish your first year calculus course.

Answer 9 years ago

I knew what the answer was I wanted to see your guys opinion was

Answer 9 years ago

It's math. There are no opinions. Just

~~l~~users who waste people's time.Answer 9 years ago

I'm afraid I have to agree with that.

9 years ago

Yer you pretty much all got it the answer is infinite or illegal :P

9 years ago

It's also what's written on some switches, meaning

orONOFF9 years ago

Undefined. It's an illegal operation.

Answer 9 years ago

Yep. It is an infinity, but _which_ infinity is unclear.

Or it's five characters including the space. Six including the question mark.

Or it's a guy looking at a one, with the question mark being his ear.

Or it's a bad Question. Strike that. AND it's a bad Question.

Answer 9 years ago

Sorry, seven characters including the space before the question mark. But I still think I'll go with the ear.

Answer 9 years ago

I'll go with "infinity" as an answer.

Answer 9 years ago

Well, then the answer is NaN.

9 years ago

It's an infinite discontinuity

9 years ago

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_by_zero

9 years ago

HEY!! Where did you get the formula for my faster-than-light drive??

9 years ago

42.

Answer 9 years ago

+ a towel!!!

9 years ago

GO SUB OVERFLOW... I must now reset myself...

Qa

9 years ago

Mathematically your question has no answer that makes sense although zero is a concept that is often used in maths

In a practical sense

If I take a pie and divided it by nothing, then in practical effect I am doing noting to it so it remains a whole pie.

9 years ago

What is 1/0*0 is an equally bad, but a funnier question. It can be 5 or 3 or 57...