What does the equation x^2+y^2=0 represent?

Is it a circle of radius 0? I don't think it is because that really doesn't make sense. Wouldn't it just be the degenerate conic of a point? (i.e. the point (0,0))

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- Nov 27th 2011, 07:54 PMtwittytwitterCircles with radius 0?
What does the equation x^2+y^2=0 represent?

Is it a circle of radius 0? I don't think it is because that really doesn't make sense. Wouldn't it just be the degenerate conic of a point? (i.e. the point (0,0)) - Nov 27th 2011, 07:57 PMProve ItRe: Circles with radius 0?
Yes it's just the point (0, 0).

There are a few ways you can think about it. I would probably do this...

$\displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} x^2 + y^2 &= 0 \\ y^2 &= -x^2 \end{align*}$

The LHS is nonnegative, the RHS is nonpositive. So that means the only way for the equation to be satisfied is for both sides to be equal to 0. - Nov 28th 2011, 05:03 AMHallsofIvyRe: Circles with radius 0?
But it is, strictly speaking, incorrect to talk about a "circle with radius 0". It is perfectly valid to call it a "degenerate conic section".

- Nov 28th 2011, 03:32 PMProve ItRe: Circles with radius 0?