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12022017, 12:11 AM  #12 (permalink)  
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My reason? Nowhere in the equation does a "box" appear. No symbols. No instructions regarding how I should think. The equation simply states 3X0=3. Clear. Concise. 3X0=3. Nothing more.
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12022017, 01:56 AM  #13 (permalink)  
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12022017, 02:06 AM  #14 (permalink)  
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3, x, 0, = are all symbols. They are instructions. They don't tell you how to think, they tell you what IS. Your opinion on it doesn't matter. 3, positive integer representing an amount. X (or in more advanced usage the proper symbol would be *), symbol of multiplication, signifying a mathematical operation that at its simplest is an abbreviated process of adding an integer to zero a specified number of times. (definition direct from MerriamWebster) = symbol indicating result. So 3X0 literally means take zero, and add 3 to it zero times with a result of zero.
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12022017, 02:59 AM  #15 (permalink)  
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Then "X", the symbol for multiplication, then "0", the number of times the three of something should be multiplied. You still have three of something, because they are multiplying zero times. Matter cannot be completely destroyed, unless you use the fantasy of mathematics.
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12022017, 03:17 AM  #16 (permalink) 
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Or there's the spontaneous generation of matter: You don't owe three people three apples each  but with the magic of math you can summon nine apples from the ether. 3 x 3 = 9. Black. Magic.
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12022017, 03:23 AM  #17 (permalink)  
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The first 3 doe NOT indicate that you start with something. In fact, the order that number appear in multiplication is irrelevant. 2x3 is identical to 3x2. It's known as The Commutative Property of Multiplication. Plus a number isn't matter, it's a symbol. Symbols cancel out all the time, nothing gets "destroyed" by it. Another way to think of it, replace the symbol X with the words, "groups of". 3 groups of zero, (so 0+0+0) means you have a total of zero. Zero groups of 3 (so, obviously nothing) is zero. I have no idea where your claim of "number of times the three of something should be multiplied" comes from. Literally the sentence is missing a part. 3 multiplied by 2 one time is 6 (3+3), 3 multiplied by 2 twice is 12 (3+3,+3+3).
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12022017, 07:58 AM  #19 (permalink)  
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