Is zero an even number?

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Is zero an even number?

Postby iRabbit » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:58 pm

I'm just wondering if zero is considered an even number. Let's put this qn in the context of a P3 problem sum that asked for the smallest single digit, non-negative, even number. Should the answer be 0 or 2? Thanks.

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Re: Is zero an even number?

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:23 pm

Lol. So chim. Is zero a prime number? Or a real number?

Boggles the mind.

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby iRabbit » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:45 pm



I googled that page too but wondered if P3s are supposed to understand that. It's like in physics first we learned that light travels in straight lines then a few levels later, we were taught light travels in waves.

If zero is considered as even, then at least one assessment book is wrong.

Thanks for sharing, pirate.
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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby iRabbit » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:48 pm

ChiefKiasu wrote:Lol. So chim. Is zero a prime number? Or a real number?

Boggles the mind.


My son said that zero is even, though I don't 100% believe him. But for the rest of your questions, think you better asked those NUSH students. :lol:

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby numeric » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:51 pm

Zero is a digit, even though it represents nothingness or no value. You can get zero from 5-5.

Zero is neither positive nor negative. It separates the positives and negatives. It is unsigned.
Non-negative refers to all the numbers that are not negative. So this refers to the positive numbers and zero.

Zero is considered an even number. There are a lot of explanations in https://www.quora.com/Is-zero-even-or-odd.

So for the "the smallest single digit, non-negative, even number", I'll go for zero.

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby ChiefKiasu » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:54 pm

iRabbit wrote:
ChiefKiasu wrote:Lol. So chim. Is zero a prime number? Or a real number?

Boggles the mind.


My son said that zero is even. But for the rest of your questions, think you better asked those NUSH students. :lol:


No need. Just ask prof Google.

Zero is not prime because it is less than 1. Prime numbers have to be bigger than 1, which means 1 itself is not prime.

Zero is an integer, so it is a real number.

In the end, it is really about who defines the concepts of even, odd, prime and real numbers :)

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby pirated » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:55 pm

numeric wrote:Zero is a digit, even though it represents nothingness or no value. You can get zero from 5-5.

Zero is neither positive nor negative. It separates the positives and negatives. It is unsigned.
Non-negative refers to all the numbers that are not negative. So this refers to the positive numbers and zero.

Zero is considered an even number. There are a lot of explanations in https://www.quora.com/Is-zero-even-or-odd.

So for the "the smallest single digit, non-negative, even number", I'll go for zero.

Agreed

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby iRabbit » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:56 pm

numeric wrote:Zero is a digit, even though it represents nothingness or no value. You can get zero from 5-5.

Zero is neither positive nor negative. It separates the positives and negatives. It is unsigned.
Non-negative refers to all the numbers that are not negative. So this refers to the positive numbers and zero.

Zero is considered an even number. There are a lot of explanations in https://www.quora.com/Is-zero-even-or-odd.

So for the "the smallest single digit, non-negative, even number", I'll go for zero.


Okay with a nick like yours, I can't argue with you. :lol:

I'll tell my friend's kid to take zero as even. He was doing a question that asked for the smallest, even number that is positive.

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Re: Is zero an even number?

Postby iRabbit » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:57 pm

ChiefKiasu wrote:
iRabbit wrote:
ChiefKiasu wrote:Lol. So chim. Is zero a prime number? Or a real number?

Boggles the mind.


My son said that zero is even. But for the rest of your questions, think you better asked those NUSH students. :lol:


No need. Just ask prof Google.

Zero is not prime because it is less than 1. Prime numbers have to be bigger than 1, which means 1 itself is not prime.

Zero is an integer, so it is a real number.

In the end, it is really about who defines the concepts of even, odd, prime and real numbers :)


Walau, you're giving me a headache, boss. :slapshead:

Haha!

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