The Instigator
frenchmoose
Pro (for)
Losing
5 Points
The Contender
XimenBao
Con (against)
Winning
27 Points

Don't divide by zero

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XimenBao
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/12/2010 Category: Education
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 3,340 times Debate No: 10803
Debate Rounds (3)
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frenchmoose

Pro

Dividing by zero can cause mass volcano explosions, Earthquakes, Mass extinctions, or even The entire planet spontaneously combusting. Ex. (the sun) used to be inhabitable before someone on it decided... " I'm going to divide by zero today"

I will extend my arguments upon someone accepting my challenge.
XimenBao

Con

Ok, my fingers are crossed that you plan for a humorous debate.

While dividing by zero is not a useful operation in normal maths, there are a few areas of advanced mathematics where it is useful (1). Thus, when appropriate, we should divide by zero.

Pro has not presented evidence for the harms of dividing by zero, so they are not applicable to the debate.

1) http://www.sciencedirect.com...
Debate Round No. 1
frenchmoose

Pro

I have returned and am ready to post so,

If one is to divide by zero then catastrophic events would soon precede..[1]

You have even stated yourself (in a quote) that dividing by zero in normal math would be useless...
-Of course it is.. if one was to divide by zero in normal math ( not that you ever see this ) apocalyptic events would occur ( thus is the reason you never see it in schools ) causing massive damage to the planet. If in math there is in fact problems that we can use divide by zero then why not get taught said problems? instead we are told " Dividing by zero is impossible".

As stated by my opponent in a quote "there are a few areas of advanced mathematics where it is useful" This would be where those desert explosions come in... you see using small calculators scientists use divide by zero to test is destructive power. Doing these test help to show what size calculators would destroy large areas and which sizes would just destroy small patches.

I await my opponents response

[1] http://monsterrebellion.files.wordpress.com...
XimenBao

Con

Pro's link that purports to prove division by zero causes disastrous effects leads to a file-name of an image. Not an image, just a file-name.

However, despite the lack of evidence, there is a simple way to disprove this. Pro has said that dividing by zero on the commonly seen calculator produces explosions. Here is a video collection of trying to divide by zero on a few different calculators:

No explosions. No special effects.

I realize this is a 4-chan meme, but it hasn't been that funny here.
Debate Round No. 2
frenchmoose

Pro

-Well if the link truly does not show the image then I shall explain its contents...

-It was the earth half enveloped in flame from what appears to be an explosion from a calculator dividing by zero.

-My opponent claims that this video proves that dividing by zero causes no explosions but, The calculator used in the video is old and HAS NOT divided by zero but merely is looking for the answer... as said in the video it would take many many MANY years for it to reach its answer... at that point it would explode into an extreme and vibrant explosion destroying everything.. (Think of the "finding the answer" as a countdown to the explosion when it finally does find it).

-As for the other calculators... they are made by companies that are in with the scientist mentioned in round 2. These calculators are say error and do not actually tell you the answer to what "X"/0 is. Thus they do not explode. Unlike the old one that looks for it and would eventually. When it will find the answer it will indeed explode,

-Here is an example of an an protected calculator[1]

http://www.youtube.com...;

And there you have it.. a calculator that is unprotected will indeed explode into a cataclysmic blast >..>.... <..<
XimenBao

Con

I realize this was supposed to be a joke debate, but there's not much here to mine for humor beyond the bog-standard 4-Chan meme, so I'll play it straight.

As evidenced, dividing by zero has utility in higher mathematics.

Pro's joke videos are obviously edited. Since nuclear blasts relating to calculators would be common knowledge if factual, and the potential would require heavy regulation and prohibition of calculators, it obviously is not factual.

The claim of conspiracy is evidenced and can be disregarded.

I was up for a humor debate, but a humorous debate requires more than just repeating a tired meme. Dividing by zero is useful in specific instances and no harms have been successfully argued for, even in an absurdist fashion.

Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Kenostic 7 years ago
Kenostic
Dunno, if it was still open i would have voted pro. He had better logic and was more funny. Con put a big downer to the whole thing. He asked for a funny debate but it takes both people to really add comedy.
Posted by pwnunoob 7 years ago
pwnunoob
this debate was useless and not funny
Posted by XimenBao 7 years ago
XimenBao
looks like you had the same problems
Posted by frenchmoose 7 years ago
frenchmoose
sigh heres the vid

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Posted by XimenBao 7 years ago
XimenBao
Ok, all my youtube links are being autoedited out for some reason.

v=BT7dxgs0gjo

Let's see if that worked.
Posted by XimenBao 7 years ago
XimenBao
Posted by XimenBao 7 years ago
XimenBao
This didn't post with the rest of the round for some reason.
Posted by frenchmoose 7 years ago
frenchmoose
I will post my arguments later.. i am in school at the momment ( is the reason for no evidence in my oppening arguement.. so expect a full and in depth arguement when i return
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