Subject: Fraction with Zero
Name: Stacy
Who is asking: Student
Level: Elementary
Question:
I have a question about dividing with zero. When the numerator is zero, the answer is zero. But when the denominator is zero, the answer is undefined. Why? I don't understand
Stacy
Hi Stacy,
You have to look into the meaning of division, rather than just
the pocket calculator.
- 4 divided by 2 : You have 4 pizzas to share among 2 students.
How many pizzas will each student have?
(answer: 4/2 = 2)
- 2 divided by 4 : You have 2 pizzas to share among 4 students.
How many pizzas will each student have?
(answer: 2/4 = 1/2)
- 0 divided by 2 : You have 0 pizzas to share among 2 students.
How many pizzas will each student have?
(answer: 0/2 = 0)
- 2 divided by 0 : You have 2 pizzas to share among 0 students.
How many pizzas will each student have?
(answer: ?)
Claude