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Infinity

  1. 1. "I actually don't believe that there is anything infinite in the universe, only that things are constantly expanding and contracting.  Infinity remains a theoretical concept to me because it is not possible for there to be something that is impossible, only something that we do not comprehend.  This creates the possibility that I am wrong, but I have learned to live with this possibility." Richard Pompetti
  2. 2. “ Since there is no larger number than infinity, it acts like a variable, you cant physically add to it, one can note it simply as infinity +1.” Emily Phillips
  3. 3. <ul><li>&quot;I have found that I do not approach Mathematics with the same &quot;brain&quot; as I do other areas of study. In all other school subjects, I can conceive of infinity as never-ending time or as the presence of something filling all the space in the Universe. In Mathematics, however, this definition is inadequate, for infinity is less an abstract, all-encompassing concept than a physical direction in a two-dimensional graph. The difficulty I have comes from squishing my otherwise three-dimensional thoughts into &quot;two-dimensional land&quot; so as to be able to understand infinity as nothing more infinite than a ray heading off toward a single point.&quot; </li></ul>Marian Grove
  4. 4. <ul><li>When I think of infinity, I don’t think of a number. After all, a number implies both definite and relative value. Infinity can’t be characterized that way. Infinity is relative, but it surely isn’t definite. To me, infinity is the point at which the railroad tracks, which I’m looking down, meet on the horizon.   </li></ul>The point is relative, because it’s more than 10 or 100 or 1000 feet in front of me. But it is not definite, because despite how many feet I walk forward, it will still be out of my reach. - Aaron Schwartz
  5. 5. <ul><li>It is forced to wear ridiculous costumes and entertain the fickle wants of its customers, bastardizing any possible remaining self-dignity. We attempt to place an approximate numerical value to infinity because it is difficult and uncomfortable to admit its existence as a purely abstract concept. Infinity is indeed a tragic figure, predestined to a life of misunderstanding and misuse. Too often has the non-mathematically educated barbarian molested the concept, and has done so unconsciously, and without remorse&quot; </li></ul>&quot;The human need to quantify infinity lies squarely in our fear of the unknown. It is the wild animal, snatched from the free savannahs of Africa, tranquilized, illegally shipped in the dark bays of an ocean liner, bartered for with dirty foreign currency, and sent to a deceptively innocent French-speaking Canadian circus. It is forced to wear ridiculous costumes and entertain the fickle wants of its customers, bastardizing any possible remaining self-dignity.
  6. 6. <ul><li>&quot;You can look at graphs and determine what they would look like as the x-coordinate continued &quot;to infinity,&quot; meaning if it went on for an undeterminable amount of time, but not to a specific place.  Therefore dividing infinity by infinity, or multiplying, or adding, or subtracting is pointless because normal mathetmatics does not apply .  You cannot have bigger or small versions of a &quot;number&quot; that isn't a number, but an idea.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Caitlin </li></ul>
  7. 7. &quot;Looking at a graph within a set interval only gives a small picture of the function itself. In order to get the big picture it is necessary to look at what happens when the graph goes to infinity. C. E. Elser
  8. 8. <ul><li>&quot;It is easiest for me to think about infinity as the region that is beyond the range of real numbers.  One can get higher and lower up within that region.  They can be at infinity to the 100th degree or at infinity squared; however, everywhere within that region is infinity.  Although there are infinity's to different degrees we call them all infinity because they are all outside of our realm of fathomable numbers.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Jen Bronson </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>   zero times infinity really should be zero and I just can't understand why it isn't always zero.  I can understand zero and I know that zero times any number is always zero.  For zero times infinity to be anything other than zero, infinity would have to be something other than a number!  This is how the problem of quantifying infinity comes into play.  If I think of infinity as just a really big number (like I would generally think of it), it doesn't work here. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The other thing I like in my paper is the song quote that isn't by me... </li></ul><ul><li>But you wrote next to it, &quot;this is great&quot; ... so I thought you might like it: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Are you such a dreamer to put the world to rights? I'll stay home forever where two and two always makes up five.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>--Radiohead -- 2+2=5 </li></ul><ul><li>~Becky~ </li></ul>
  10. 10. &quot;Because anything over zero is indeterminate with the exception of infinity, it is not fair for all the other numbers because it gives infinity a feeling of being special&quot;~meeran
  11. 11. &quot;Quantification of infinity is useful for demonstration; however it is only the study of the relationship between infinities that is worthwhile in the study of calculus.&quot; and my picture is below Adam Axler  
  12. 12. <ul><li>&quot;[Z]ero is not nothing. Sero is a quantifable, tangible number. Nothing is nothing. A person cannot classify nothing. A person cannot count nothing. A person cannot assign value to nothing. Zero is something&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>-Morgan </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>I think infinity is a very signifigant concept considering it is something- and one of the only things- the mind can't really grasp. </li></ul><ul><li>Dean </li></ul>
  14. 14. &quot;Although infinity's projected value is vastly greater than zero, their properties are what distinguish them from other numbers.&quot; Maya Milic
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ Infinity, I believe, was created in order to represent a huge number that is inconceivable to us. Or, at least a number that is so big that we are unable to determine it correctly. Also, infinity is used to represent the concept of something that continues to move upwards forever and ever.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Robbie Kunz </li></ul>

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