20200623, 16:07  #45  
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20200623, 16:09  #46  
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20200623, 16:55  #47 
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It's hard for me to believe we're five pages in and you still haven't defined your operation.
You have a function  not division, but your new take on it  which takes two arguments and returns a third. Let's call it BillyB(x, y) = z. For which pairs of x and y is BillyB(x, y) defined? When BillyB(x, y) is defined, how can BillyB(x, y) = z be computed? Are there some pairs x and y for which BillyB(x, y) = x/y or BillyB(x, y+1) = x/y? 
20200623, 17:37  #48 
Sep 2002
Database er0rr
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20200623, 18:25  #49  
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20200623, 18:26  #50  
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20200623, 18:26  #51  
6809 > 6502
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Some dude that likely lives in rural 'merica at the end of a gravel road thinks he found something new with regards to basic math. It has been known for ~1500 years that division by zero is absurd. 

20200623, 19:30  #52 
Jun 2020
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Why are you so offended by this? And no, you have me all wrong. How would anything new be created if it weren’t for new ideas?

20200623, 19:47  #53  
Bamboozled!
"𒉺𒌌𒇷𒆷𒀭"
May 2003
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2) I agree wholeheartedly. That said, please define the function which has been called "BillyB". Here is a first take, based on what I have read so far. I am very far from infallible so my definition may be completely wrong. Let x and y be real numbers. BillyB(x, y) = x/y for all x, y where x and y are both nonzero. BillyB(x,0) = 1 for all x not equal to zero. At the moment I have no idea of the value of the only remaining case, viz BillyB(0,0). Please enlighten me. This is especially true for the third case, "0/0". Last fiddled with by xilman on 20200623 at 19:54 Reason: Remove otiose comma 

20200623, 20:48  #54  
"Ben"
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[edit] but that assumes some definitions... namely that x is the quantity or size of a cuttable object and y is the number of times to cut it into equal pieces. Then BillyB(x,y) = x / (y+1). Physically you can only cut something zero or more times so the domain of the function is >= 0. So, by that definition, there is no dividing by zero possible, by the everyday/ordinary definition of "divide". BillyB is not a division operation but some kind of splitting operation. [editedit] I suppose that must mean that x, y are in . The guess at a definition doesn't work otherwise.... Last fiddled with by bsquared on 20200623 at 21:06 

20200623, 23:08  #55  
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