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Zero Work

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Puzzle ID:#18352
Fun:** (1.89)
Difficulty:** (1.64)
Category:Math
Submitted By:scoutman*us******

 

 

 



Is zero even or odd?

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Comments

StepIntoNowhere**
Jul 26, 2004

Good teaser, although it was a little on the easy side!! Nice job anyways!
BeckmooseAus*
Jul 26, 2004

This was ok. Personally, I didnt like it, but keep up the good work!
Gizzer*
Jul 27, 2004

Seems to me to be a straight forward math question, rather than a teaser. Of course, someone may disagree with the answer.
mad-adeAhu*
Jul 28, 2004

any one in particular?
Gizzer*
Jul 28, 2004

Nope
eelliott2Aus*
Aug 03, 2004

I am pretty sure Zero is neither even or odd...it is just zero...a jumber that holds no value...a natural whole number..it is niether negative or positive...ZERO is ZERO.
AXTONAau*
Aug 04, 2004

to be even a number must be divisable by 2. 0 cannot be divided by 2. I tired to correct this teaser..........IM SORRY BUT THE ANSWER IS WRONG
rkb-1961
Aug 09, 2004

In mathematics an even number is defined as 2n, wheras an odd number is defined as 2n+1. So zero must be even.
eelliott2Aus*
Aug 10, 2004

But you can't divide 0 by 2, it's an error...try it on most caculators and it will say error...ask your math professor and he/she will say say zero is neither even or odd.
Gizzer*
Aug 11, 2004

I tried the calculator, elliot: 0/2=0, 0/3=0, 0/4=0 and so on. But 2/0 gives "error". As for asking a math prof, I get some saying 0 is even and some saying 0 is neither even nor odd. It depends on whether you are referring to integers or natural numbers.
scoutman*us*
Aug 11, 2004

It's nice to know that my teasers can provoke such stimulating discussion. Thank you all.
CaNaDiAnGiRl**
Aug 22, 2004

Let me put it this way.When you have an even number of something, between two people both people will have the same amount.When you have zero of something both people get nothing so they both get the same amount.Therefore zero is an even number.
jetdjc15
Aug 25, 2004

Right answer wrong definition.....it is even because if we where both sharing 0 cup cakes we would each have th same amount of cup cakes......haha i feel like i just explained that to a 2 year old
jetdjc15
Aug 25, 2004

haha sorry canada i didnt read your response
Stullberg
Aug 30, 2004

In math talk, the definition of an even number is that it is equal to the product of some integer and 2. Since 0 does equal the product of some integer (in this case, also 0) and 2, 0 qualifies as even.

In formulae: x is even iff x = 2y, and x and y are integers. Since 0 = 2(0), and 0 is an integer, 0 is even.
Sane***
Feb 11, 2005

Let's all revise simple intergal rules:

Two even numbers always add to an even number.
One even and one odd always add to an odd number.
Two odds always add to an even number.

0 + 0 = 0
0 + 1 = 1
0 + 2 = 2

Therefore it is an even number.
trumpetsgirl*us*
Oct 12, 2005

I've always thought 0 was even math teachers told me that it was neither
cate88
Mar 22, 2006

eelliott2 is right. 'It's a number that holds no value'. It's nothing. It can't hold either an even value or an odd value, because it doesn't hold a value.

agreed, stimulating conversation... but bad riddle. Not everyone agrees with this answer.
Question_MarkAsx*
Mar 28, 2006

I say even. 10 is even. 10 ends in 0.
drussel3*us*
Jun 05, 2007

This answer baffled me, until I did some research. 0 is not positive or negative, it is though an even number. The definition of an even number is: n=2k where k is an integer.



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