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    Divide by zero???

    So, if I write a check for $120.45 and I write the amount as:
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    one hundred twenty and........45/00
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    Is the check valid, since I expressed it as a division by zero, which is mathematically meaningless?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgodave View Post
    So, if I write a check for $120.45 and I write the amount as:
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    one hundred twenty and........45/00
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    Is the check valid, since I expressed it as a division by zero, which is mathematically meaningless?
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    Just the change is invalid.

    It's a check for $120.00 even.
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    You divided by double zero, which is allowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Just the change is invalid.

    It's a check for $120.00 even.
    Makes sense. But dissappointing in that I was hoping to casue more trouble than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
    You divided by double zero, which is allowed.
    Good point. I dont even know what that means. Perhap its even more meaningless than division by single zero.
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    It's a convention to write it that way, not a mathematical equation.

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    Lim(a/x,x-->0) = inf
    Lim(a/x,x-->00) = every conceivable number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatMaster View Post
    Lim(a/x,x-->0) = inf
    Lim(a/x,x-->00) = every conceivable number.

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    OK Einstein. Who is rich exactly... me or the person who gets my check?
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    Write yourself a check.
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    45/00 = 4.5 cents, old-school notation

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    Just combine the zeroes like so:

    one hundred twenty and........45/∞

    Messy.

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    The bigger question is you wrote a check?

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    What's a "check"?
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    I have always written mine as xx/100.
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    Black Holes are where God divided by zero.....so your probably turning your checking account into a financial black hole!
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    FWIW - once the check gets to the bank it's processed by electronic equipment anyway. Any human being who hppens to look at it will not care about the legal niceties - they are a "production unit" and are under the *** to get the work out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
    What's a "check"?
    Its a handwritten monetery exachange represented in ink on some sort of cellulose fiber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    I have always written mine as xx/100.
    Me too, for the last 5 years or so since this divide by zero thing started bugging me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgodave View Post
    Its a handwritten monetery exachange represented in ink on some sort of cellulose fiber.
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    didnt know stores still excepted them.
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    Any Canadian could tell you it's not the zeros that are the problem. It's invalid since you're supposed to spell it "cheque"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker View Post
    It's a convention to write it that way, not a mathematical equation.
    I thought convention was 45/100

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    One convention is to write /00 to mean /100. That is all.
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