Mindbender: Zero Divide

Divide 500 in half. How many times do you divide the dividend(?) before it reaches 0?

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The dividend is 500, if it is divided by 2, the quotient will be 250 but the dividend is still 500. If the quotient is then used as a new dividend and divided by 2 this can be repeated two times before the quotient becomes a fraction and as a fraction divided by 2 will always give another fraction, the answer is the dividend will never be exactly 0.

Sent in by D Judson, University of Brighton

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