# Student - Word Problem

by Jodi Provonsil
(Providence, Rhode Island)

how can i write a word problem for 5 divided by 0 and then o divided by 5

### Comments for Student - Word Problem

 Jun 14, 2011 Student - Word Problem – Dividing by 0 by: Staff The question: by Jodi Provonsil (Providence, Rhode Island) how can i write a word problem for 5 divided by 0 and then o divided by 5 The answer: word problem for 5 divided by 0: What is 5 divided by 0? (5 ÷ 0 = undefined; or 5 ÷ 0 = ∞) ---------------------------- Just a quick note about the two terms: undefined and infinity (∞) In general, “undefined” is the better term. If 5 is divided by a smaller and smaller positive number, the quotient becomes a larger and larger positive number – the quotient approaches infinity (∞): 5 ÷ 1 = 5 5 ÷ 0.1 = 50 5 ÷ 0.01 = 500 5 ÷ 0.001 = 5000 5 ÷ 0.000000001 = 5,000,000,000 5 ÷ 0 = +∞ (positive infinity) However, if zero (0) is approached from the other side: If 5 is divided by a negative number, the quotient becomes a larger and larger negative number as the divisor approaches zero – the quotient approaches minus infinity (-∞): 5 ÷ (-1) = -5 5 ÷ (-0.1) = -50 5 ÷ (-0.01) = -500 5 ÷ (-0.001) = -5000 5 ÷ (-0.000000001) = -5,000,000,000 5 ÷ 0 = -∞ (negative infinity) As you can see, you will get two entirely different answers, depending on whether you approach zero (0) from the positive side or the negative side. That is why “undefined” is the better term for 5 ÷ 0. ---------------------------- word problem for 0 divided by 5 What is 0 divided by 5? (0 ÷ 5 = 0) Thanks for writing. Staff www.solving-math-problems.com

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