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Old 09-10-2019, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ftg View Post
When I was a prof in Computer Science I got some really dumb questions. People would even come up to me during tests to asks for clarification. The one that sticks out the most:

"Is zero an even number?"

(The question would be to solve a problem for all such-and-such of even length or something.)

This is for 3rd and 4th year Computer Science majors. You know, the field with binary numbers. Where the test of an integer being even is incredibly freaking simple.

Once after this happened, I asked FtGKid1 if zero was an even number. He said "Yes." I asked "Why?" "Because one is odd." He was four at the time and college students didn't get this.

I told my fellow profs about this so some started putting questions like this on tests because they didn't believe it. And got the some question.
I'm sorry, that's not a dumb question. Not being a mathematician, I wouldn't be surprised if there are contexts in which zero is even, contexts in which it is odd, and contexts in which it's neither. It's just nothing.