What Is Zero Divided by Zero?


Quick Answer

Zero divided by zero is indeterminate. Contrary to popular expectation, zero divided by zero is not infinity. Division suggests a ratio between two quantities and describes how one of the quantities depends on the other, but it is unclear how the zeros in this ratio are related.

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To visualize how zero can be divided by zero, one could seek to find out how many zeros there are in zero. In other words, one could find out how zero items can be partitioned into zero subsets with an even distribution. Since there are zero subsets, each subset could have any number of items. Hence, the relationship between the number of items, the number of subsets and the number of items in each subset is unclear.

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