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i divided by zero

I couldn’t resist this image. Along with many other people, I think zero is an interesting number (see the nothing that is). And, despite the impression of many people with whom I’ve talked, zero is a number. The image gives some idea of students’ conceptions of zero and of what it might mean to divide by zero. It’s also pretty well done as an image.

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5 Comments

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  2. mrburkemath says:

    That’s one of the best images that I’ve seen in a long time.

    I made it the background on my laptop and it’s a hit with the entire Math Dept. I’d love to blow it up and make a poster out of it to hang in the classroom because my students don’t see much difference between dividing by zero and dividing into zero.

  3. Hagen says:

    This is not a digitally inhanced photo. This was an actual piece of public art from houston known as the inversion house.

  4. halshop says:

    Thanks, Hagen. That’s true and you can find out more by following the links in my post “more on dividing by zero.”

  5. satrine says:

    that was a very humorous piece. however, i have found many that are A LOT FUNNIER!!!

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