Dividing By Zero

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Dividing by zero in a math problem is impossible because it does not logically make any sense. Learn more about how a number cannot be divided by zero with information from a math teacher in this free video math lesson.

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So how do you divide by zero. Hi, I'm Jimmy Chang and I'm here to teach you how to do just that or rather not do just that because frankly dividing by zero is impossible. It is a completely undefined thing. So let me give you an example here. Suppose you have seven cookies to give out to one person. Now let that one person be you. It's great. If that seven cookies is given out to one person, then that person is going to receive seven cookies, but here's the other scenario. If you have the same seven cookies to give it to zero people, there's nobody to give it to, not even yourself. There's no one around. Well, if you have seven cookies and no one to give it to, not even yourself, well it doesn't make any sense. It logically does not make sense. Nobody gets cookies but there's no people, so that's why dividing by zero is a mathematical impossibility. So, I'm Jimmy and that is exactly how you can't divide by zero because it is impossible.

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