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Old 2020-06-23, 14:53   #40
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Originally Posted by BillyB View Post
... if I ask you to explain 1/2=.5? You would most likely reply that I am splitting one thing among two groups so they each get a half. That works 99.9999999999% of the time from I understand. It breaks down at 1/0. When I think about 1/0 I ask if I’m dividing one thing by no things then I should still have 1 thing but I can’t because we have other rules like multiplying both sides by the denominator which is why the original rule breaks down. Maybe my theory is broken but that is why I am here. To discuss it and find out.
I think you are looking at division incorrectly.

1/2 is how many times can we cut things of size 2 from a thing of size 1.
6.4 / 1.7 is how many times can we cut things of size 1.7 from a thing of size 6.4.
1/0 is how many times can we cut things of size 0 from a thing of size 1.
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