# Everything about the Number Zero

586 WordsFeb 25, 20182 Pages
Quick Facts About Zero Zero is created to be used in many ways, and one of these ways is a placeholder for an empty spot. This can be seen in the number 405 as it has no number in the tens place but there is still a zero there to hold the place; otherwise it would be 45 and that is clearly not the same as 405. On a date translated to be 876, a tablet was written on that was about the town Gwalior where they planted a garden 187 by 270 hastas that produced enough flowers to create 50 garlands a day. In both the numbers 270 and 50 the zero is made very close to how they are made today. A mathematician named Brahmagupta attempted to create arithmetic rules involving zero and negative numbers. Rules like this one “The sum of zero and a negative number is negative, the sum of a positive number and zero is positive, the sum of zero and zero is zero.” He was one of the first men to work and create rules about zero that we use today. Why You Cannot Divide By Zero Zero can be a very problematic number in math. One of these problems is when one would try to divide by zero. A way to explain why this can’t happen is to think about the number we are trying to divide as a pie. Dividing it by ½ would give you 2 parts of the pie. If you divided it by .1 would give you ten parts and so on. Trying to divide it by zero would leave you with infinite parts, which doesn’t work, as infinity is not a number but a concept. Imagine we could divide by zero and get infinity we would