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#1 kry25k

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:26 PM

[b]Find the error, it's impossible


000
111
222
333
444
555
666
777
888
999


Please help??
I don't know the answer BUT I got to figure it out it is driving me crazy :huh:
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#2 Writersblock

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 08:19 PM

It's 000. There would be no such number. 0 is a placeholder concept and therefore must have something preceed the multiple zeros, or just one will suffice.
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#3 Linzd21

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 11:46 PM

I thought that 0 is a number but that it is a number without value. i may be wrong, but i think that i remember that from school.
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#4 Writersblock

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Posted 16 November 2007 - 01:10 AM

It's not a number in the traditional sense. Some cultures had no concept of zero. It's merely a placeholder for empty value. If you have one apple, what do you see? If you take away one, what do you see? You don't see an apple, but you know that is what we are talking about, so you use the concept "zero apples" in your mind to make the nothingness in front of you corrospond to the topic of discussion.

Zero is just a concept for a "placeholder." Therefore 000 would not be proper unless you are using them for placeholders for the ones, tens, and hundreds spaces, which would necessitate something more than hundreds. Otherwise, just 0 would suffice. In that list, 000 is the improper notation.
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#5 Maximus

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 11:06 PM

If this was taken off a social networking site then there are often posts such as this one that say after u forward this to everyone in your address book then the answer will reveal itself when there actually is no fault it is just a silly chain letter.

Thanks for reading
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#6 Lost in space

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:25 PM

they are all right about zero place holder.

Zero was not represented by the Grrek mathmaticians back in the old days.
0 (zero) came from India, which does make you wonder if anything good came from India, could you reply NOTHING came from India? Further, numeric glyphs we use today are from Arabic, Q. did anything come from there either. Would the anwer be infinite???
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#7 carlosn27

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:38 PM

....Further, numeric glyphs we use today are from Arabic...

I read somewhere that the actual numbers we use in the western world actually came from India via Alexander the great. Old Indian numbers are much more like our numbers than old arabic numbers (which havent actually changed all that much in the last two centuries).
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#8 unreality

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:09 AM

Zero used to be the same as null, now zero and null are different concepts, though to the ancients, it was the same, as writersblock was saying, at least I think so.

Though zero is most definitely a number in Modern Times, I assure you :D

But we have certain notations of writing numbers. We could do:

00000000023.781000000000000

but we just write "23.781"

0 is an assumed value for an empty digit, in other words

just like 'x' is assumed to be '1x^1'

and (using 'v' as the root operator) v4 is assumed to have a little 2 making it a square root of 4

etc

there are a lot of assumed things in math. A lot.
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