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Mindbender: Zero Divide

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



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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