Using zero as another path to calculus
I’ve been giving the problems in my post “division by zero” a lot of thought, and I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. When Isaac Newton developed The Calculus, the primary purpose was to work around the problems of dealing with infinitesimal values by creating a set of rules which, when applied to functions, could transform them in meaningful ways normally blocked...
enteringeducation: Me: Would anyone like to volunteer to read? *moment of silence* Student jumps up *in a dramatic voice*: I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!
The Perfect School
I’ve been keeping track in my mind recently of how much time in class and at home is actually spent learning as a direct result of my school’s actions. While I go to a great private school, and think very highly of both my teachers and peers, I see that the amount of inefficiency in both my school and the American school system in general is unreasonably high, and that the entire...
Desperate friend: Please, I NEED that custom-built orangutan keyboard! I'll do anything you ask! ANYTHING!
Me: Actually, I do have something I'd like you to do for me...
Desperate friend: Okay, deal, I'll do it, whatever it is. What do you want me to do?
Me: here's my request: "Do not carry out this request."
Desperate friend: ...
Division by Zero
Dividing by zero can’t be that bad, can it? Let’s just try… *KABOOM!* Naw, just kidding. It’s supposed to be impossible, but’s lets see what happens if you suppose one simple rule: 1÷0 = ∞ Okay, steady as she goes. How about numbers other than 1? x÷0 = x * (1÷0) = x * ∞ Still works, although a little strangely (more than one kind of infinity!?). Now, here...
Well, I guess it’s about time to become involved in social media. We’re going to have to use… *puts on sunglasses* …Tumblr.