Division By Zero
Division by 0, at least according to our modernday knowledge, is impossible. Do you think Data would know what 49/0 is equal to?

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I dont know about Data, but my calculator says "E"

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Yes, the good old error message. But Data is much more advanced than a handheld calculator. His trillions of calculations per second may just provide him with a little more insight into the question than we humans could ever hope for.

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You're kidding, right? Data's no mere calculator, and he's not susceptible to Kirkesque "logic bombs". He'd correctly say it is undefined.

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No, I wasn't kidding. My thought was that in the 24th century, mathematical knowledge (especially for an android) might be way greater than what we understand today.

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Then why ask specifically about Data? If there's a new definition of mathematics in the 24th century, surely anyone would be as knowledgable as Data. Why not ask if Riker would know?

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Because Data's knowledge of mathematics is certainly greater than Riker's or most other humanoids. I mean, do you really think that Riker, Deanna Troi, or Worf could explain advanced calculus as well as Data?

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Yeah, I really don't see how advanced mathematics could be 'trivial' to an android, when Data consistently showed throughout the series an ability to do complex math in his head. Saying that a human would be more familiar with calculus or science than Data seems pretty farfetched.

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Seeing as some preteen children learn calculus in TNG, and humans in real life already learn and use complex calculus, it is not at all unreasonable to assume any Starfleet officer should have a grasp of simple calculus. And if they've defined division by zero, then Riker or Worf would know about it just as well as Data would.

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Have you ever had a math or science teacher that found the topics simple and talked over the students' heads? I believe Data attempting to teach it to someone else would be quite similar. 
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Also, Riker and Worf may know that 49/0 = infinity, or whatever, but to understand in depth, why this is the case, may not be something they are capable of. 
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It was not clear that you were asking about depth of knowledge, just that you were wondering if Data would know. Well, yes, he would, but so might Riker or Worf.
And division by zero is just undefined. Think about it  how do you divide a number of objects between zero people? You can't. It's not infinity, it's meaningless. 
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I'm not math wiz but sense when does 49/0 = infinity? It's a meaningless number.

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