What is the percent increase from 0 to 19?

2 Answers
Jun 4, 2016

Answer:

Your solution to this question needs a lot of forethought. Se what I have written in the 'Explanation'.

Explanation:

There is a trap in this question!

What you normally have is #("difference original to new")/("original")xx100#

The problem is that the original is 0 and mathematically you are not allowed to have 0 as a denominator. This condition is called 'undefined'

So #(19-0)/0xx100# is undefined
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Suppose you had instead: #("difference original to new")/("new")#

This would give: #19/19xx100 = 100%#

You now have a permitted value but again there is a problem as in

#100%" of "0 = 0#

Jun 4, 2016

Answer:

same as tony's, see explanation

Explanation:

just wanted to add that when you increase something by multiplication (which is implied in the original question) you need numbers bigger than zero. increasing 1 five times gives you 5, however anything multiplied by zero is always zero so starting at zero and increasing it will never give you 19.