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Old 08-15-09, 01:24 PM   #1
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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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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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Old 08-15-09, 01:45 PM   #4
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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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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.

You're rich!!
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Lim(a/x,x-->0) = inf
Lim(a/x,x-->00) = every conceivable number.

You're rich!!
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/∞

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The bigger question is you wrote a check?
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What's a "check"?
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Old 08-15-09, 08:47 PM   #13
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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 gun to get the work out the door.
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What's a "check"?
Its a handwritten monetery exachange represented in ink on some sort of cellulose fiber.
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Old 08-15-09, 11:46 PM   #17
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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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Old 08-16-09, 04:54 PM   #18
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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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Old 08-16-09, 06:30 PM   #19
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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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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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