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    Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    Is ZERO a multiple of any number?
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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    see Dr. Math's answer ...

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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    I don't believe so.
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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    Quote Originally Posted by onemachine View Post
    Well, is it or is it not?
    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoss View Post
    I don't believe so.
    For all x,~0\cdot x=0 so the answer is YES.

    But 0 is a divisor of no number.
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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    The usual definition of "x is a multiple of y" is "there exist an integer, n, such that x= ny". Since 0 is an integer, and 0 times any number is 0, 0 is a multiple of any number.

    Some special circumstance add the requirement that n be a positive integer- in which case the answer would be "no". However, those "special circumstances" typically are that we are only working with positive integers so the question would not arise so I will still say "yes, 0 is a multiple of any number."
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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoss View Post
    I don't believe so.
    Would you like to expand on that? Why don't you believe so?
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    Re: Is ZERO a multiple of any number?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBoss View Post
    I don't believe so.
    What you believe is irrelevant, it is or is not in consequence of the definitions of the terms etc.

    So don't tell us what you believe, explain why or why not in terms of the relevant concepts.

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