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travisslackdetermining the x-intercept. set the numerator to zero, or the denominator?
HiLandermaybe.
thermoplyaeIs 0/x 0?
Is x/0 0?
HiLanderwhat does this have to do with an x-intercept?
that's the question i want answered
kilimanjarox intercept usually means the set intersection of the image of a function with the x axis
travisslackas in... (x^2 +1) / (2x^2 - 3)
do you set the bottom or top to find x-intercept
kilimanjarotravisslack, the x-intercept is the x such that f(x) = 0
godlingtravisslack: if the bottom is zero, that means the function would be undefined. think of it like setting the entire thing equal to zero, then multiply each side by the denominator.
kilimanjaroThat rational function has no real zeros, but it does have a complex zero
thermoplyaeLike I said, is 0/x 0 or is x/0 0?
That is not really an opaque hint
merushe's gone.
thermoplyaewhoops
kilimanjaromerus, chalk another death up to divide-by-zero error
merusayup
godlinglooks like we need another timmy
actionmerus wants to take everyone back to the good old days when group theory was about permutations and solving quintic equations with radicals might be possible
meruswants to take everyone back to the good old days when group theory was about permutations and solving quintic equations with radicals might be possible
HiLanderyeah, i miss the days of tuberculosis too
kilimanjaromerus, permutation? Is that some sort of manifold?!
merusHiLander, you mean consumption?
TRWBWmerus: don't forget the constructions. aaah, the smell of the ruler, the taste of the compass...
merusMy new time-machine plot (after the assassination list) is to go back to the 1870s and teach Sylow the class equation so he wouldn't have to fool around with rational functions in several variables.
HiLanderactually, my plan is to go back in time to punch HG Wells in the face
i've already edited wikipedia several times to indicate its occurrence
but somehow, people can't believe it.
bugglerhehe
matt5lol
kilimanjaroHiLander, ignore those people. They only want to bring you down. Move onward, time cowboy.
matt5Time travel is impossible, because then the earth's rotation and the whole universe would have to retrace/go reverse...
bugglerthanks for clearing that up matt5
your argument was quite compelling
matt5... what's that suppose to mean?
merusHelp! What if I were trapped in a hypothetical situation?
matt5don't hate; appreciate
godlingisn't that what happened when superman did it?
kilimanjaromatt5, yes, the entire universe would retrace, but in the future. So it's no surprise that it hasn't happened yet.
HiLanderi'm not even kidding: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=H._G._Wells&diff=125418025&oldid=125405251

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