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What's infinity divided by six?

Bonus question: infinity divided by infinity?


 


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LindaH Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 27-Sep-2006 4:19pm  
1/6 of infinity
bill Survey Central Gold Subscriber Silver Star Survey Creator
posted 27-Sep-2006 4:29pm  
infinity
1
CarolL
posted 27-Sep-2006 5:01pm  
The same thing as infinity divided by 30/5
ausfox
posted 27-Sep-2006 5:13pm  
Infinity
Liss
posted 27-Sep-2006 5:45pm  
Infinity
six

Ha!
dab Survey Qualifier
posted 27-Sep-2006 6:57pm  
Infinity

The answer to the bonus question is "it depends". It's commonly one of infinity, one, or zero but it can be anything.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 27-Sep-2006 7:06pm  
Infinity.
llamamama
posted 27-Sep-2006 7:23pm  
infinity divided by infinity..is one. duh
infinity divided by six is one sixth of infinity...Double duh...
Zang
posted 27-Sep-2006 7:53pm  
First question: Either it's still infinity or you can't do that. It's kind of meaningless.

Bonus question: Anything divided by itself is one. Or (again) it can be done.

Infinity isn't just some impossibly large number; it's a concept that doesn't always apply the way a number would. I'm no expert, but I was willing to hazard some guesses.
RGirl
posted 27-Sep-2006 8:01pm  
It is still infinity.

Bonus question- you can't do that with infinity.
dab Survey Qualifier
posted 27-Sep-2006 8:13pm  
Oh, wait a minute. I was thinking of zero divided by zero. That can be anything, depending. I haven't studied infinity divided by infinity though I suspect the answer is the same: it can be anything, depending on how you got to infinity.
southernyankee
posted 27-Sep-2006 8:17pm  
infinity


uncountable infinity or countable infinity
Iseult
(reply to dab) posted 27-Sep-2006 8:52pm  
Well infinity is still infinity, doesn't matter what it is and how you get it. I guess. I mean, it's always the same, it's just infinite. I've spent last couple of days debating with myself whether infinity over infinity is one or still infinity. So far I'm highly in favour of one, but I can't get rid of the other possibility. I really wanted to hear how other people were reasoning this whole concept.
Enigma
posted 27-Sep-2006 9:47pm  
 * rolls eyes * Don't know, if I had to guess I'd say "infinity" or one... I'm probably wrong though.  * laughing out loud *
dab Survey Qualifier
(reply to Iseult) posted 27-Sep-2006 10:37pm  
No, there are different infinities. The usual example of this is the number of integers and the number of real numbers. There are more real numbers than integers even though both are infinite. This wikipedia article talks about it in more detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleph_number

With the comment about "how you got to infinity", I was analogizing to what you do in calculus when you try to calculate 0/0. You kinda sneak up on the answer, getting closer and closer to those zeros, and try to figure out where you're going. On more thought, I don't think it's very analogous to infinities.
cabinfever
posted 28-Sep-2006 1:03am  
2!
icurok
posted 28-Sep-2006 3:28am  
Infinity divided by any finite number is infinity.
Infinity divided by infinity is not only one, but every other finite number.
ROCKMAN
posted 28-Sep-2006 5:09am  
I don't think you can do it.
romkey Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 28-Sep-2006 9:18am  
Infinity divided by six is infinity. Infinity divided by infinity... which orders of infinity are you talking about?
esabris
posted 28-Sep-2006 11:23am  
1/6 of infinity
Jody
posted 28-Sep-2006 12:23pm  
infinity
Danger
posted 28-Sep-2006 7:37pm  
Infinity divided by six is the inverse of six divided by infinity. Although in mathmatical terms, it's still considered to be infinity.

Infinity over infinity is one, because the limit of x/x as x approaches infinity is one (the x's cancel before you substitute in the infinity, ergo the answer is decidedly one).

(I'm a math geek)
kirst
posted 29-Sep-2006 1:50am  
1/6 of infinity
one
docgbrown
posted 29-Sep-2006 2:45am  
infinity
and
1
Liss
(reply to icurok) posted 29-Sep-2006 6:56pm  
That's really quite scary
CGTREE
posted 30-Sep-2006 2:04pm  
9
mve17
posted 30-Sep-2006 3:55pm  
I'm too bad at maths to know whether that's a joke or not.
gambler
posted 30-Sep-2006 4:43pm  
infinity?
hypersky
posted 1-Oct-2006 4:43pm  
Six chunks of infinity, I guess. Infinite chunks of infinity for the bonus.
islandhopper
posted 3-Oct-2006 6:47pm  
Do not ask me...OK
cloudhugger Survey Central Gold Subscriber
posted 3-Oct-2006 9:31pm  
Infinity.
Porcupine
posted 8-Oct-2006 8:41pm  
infinity
icurok
(reply to Liss) posted 19-Oct-2006 3:15pm  
Oh, I forgot to ask. Have you ever heard of Hilbert's paradox of the Grand Hotel?
Liss
(reply to icurok) posted 20-Oct-2006 9:30am  
Nope. What is it?
icurok
(reply to Liss) posted 20-Oct-2006 11:32am  
Imagine you're the reception desk manager at a hotel with a finite number of rooms. If it's full, you can't give a room to anyone else.

But now imagine you're the reception desk manager at a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. You'd think you might suffer from the same problem, but there is a way round it.

If you have an infinite number of guests staying at the hotel and a new guest arrives at your welcome desk, you simply announce over the speaker system that all guests should immediately move to the room one number higher than the one they're already in (and apologise for the inconvenience). Then you tell the guest at the desk that they can move into room number 1. Easy.

But, what if you have an infinite number of guests already staying at the hotel and an infinite number of new guests arrive at the reception desk? Well, that's easy too. You simply announce over the speaker system that all guests should immediately move to the room that is double the number of the room they're already in (and apologise for the inconvenience). You then tell the assembled infinite guests that all the odd rooms are free.

Infinity is weird that way.
Liss
(reply to icurok) posted 20-Oct-2006 11:41am  
Wow, that's really... um, wow.
I have to stop thinking of infinite/infinity as just really big number...
stonewolf
posted 27-Oct-2006 9:42pm  
infinity
deedeedee
posted 2-Nov-2006 12:42am  
Infinity.
prospero
posted 3-Nov-2006 12:12am  
Infinity
kitti723
posted 4-Nov-2006 2:19pm  
wouldn't that be infinite?
patarnone
posted 27-Nov-2006 12:18am  
Say what?
blondie20
posted 23-Feb-2007 11:14pm  
Infinity
LimpingFury
posted 25-Sep-2009 7:08pm  
Infiniy divided by six: Bruce Lee, plus or minus Chuck Norris

Infinity divided by infinity: Mr. Rogers
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