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April 2nd, 2019, 11:02 PM   #11
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Because it depends on what you're dividing by zero.

More specifically, if you consider a function

$\displaystyle f(x) = \frac{g(x)}{x}$

and then try and find the limit of that function as x tends to zero, then the limit obtained is not always zero. It changes depending on what g(x) is.

A typical example is $\displaystyle g(x) = \sin x$. If you look at the attached table, which shows somes evaluations of the function with decreasing values of x, the function tends towards 1, not 0.
What does this have to do with the OP? If you repeat the same process but take the limit as $x \to 4$ would you conclude that you can't divide by 4 either?
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What does this have to do with the OP? If you repeat the same process but take the limit as $x \to 4$ would you conclude that you can't divide by 4 either?
The OP was asking about why divide by zero was undefined instead of always evaluating to 0. I gave an example of a function which, at first glance, looks like a divide by zero, but the function evaluates to 1 instead.
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The OP was asking about why divide by zero was undefined instead of always evaluating to 0. I gave an example of a function which, at first glance, looks like a divide by zero, but the function evaluates to 1 instead.
But it's not a divide by 0. It has nothing to do with it. You have written a limit, but limits have nothing to do with these algebraic operations. You can't argue for or against division by 0 by starting about limits.
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You cannot divide by 0 because there is nothing to divide .
The only number that can be divided by 0 is 0 .
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The only number that can be divided by 0 is 0 .
No.
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I mean 0/0 makes sense but it is undefined.
Division by 0 makes sense in limits.

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I mean 0/0 makes sense but it is undefined.
Division by 0 makes sense in limits.
Limits are irrelevant to an algebraic operation. I don't know why people keep bringing them up. The operation 0/0 is undefined, whether some limit exists or not.
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0/0 may be indeterminate in the context of limits. Algebraic operations come into play during direct substitution, among other things.
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I don't know why people keep bringing them up.
Perhaps you should pay more attention to people's posts then, in particular the OP, so that you can get an insight into how they are thinking.
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