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December 12th, 2006


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07:32 pm - Math is HARD!
This SO reminds me of a conversation my Dad had with a classmate of mine when I was five:

Dad: "What's one million plus one million?"

Child: "They haven't taught us that yet!"

Dad: "Okay, well, then, what's one orange plus one orange?"

Child: "Two oranges."

Dad: "What's one apple plus one apple?"

Child: "Two apples."

Dad: "Okay, so what's one million plus one million?"

Child: "They haven't taught us that yet!"

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From:imgreen
Date:December 13th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
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haha I'm listening to this right now.. WOW
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 13th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
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My favorite was "You do understand that there's a difference between .002 cents and .002 dollars, right?" "No." "Okay, you do understand that there's a difference between two dollars and two cents, right?"

Hysterical!
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From:imgreen
Date:December 13th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
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I have actually had conversations with one of my math professors before much like this. I argued with him about probability in front of the class for at least a half hour, while everyone in the class told me to "shutup and listen to the teacher"

he then told me that I must be confused, so I should go home and write it down, and come back to class so he can explain it to me.

I came back the next day and he was in his office and said. "oh, by the way. you were right"

uh... you think?

I wish I could find the problem that he fucked up on! It was SO incredibly easy too, it was depressing that not only the professor, but also every other student in the class couldn't figure it out. How sad.
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From:photog42
Date:December 13th, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
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At least he admitted it. Reminds me of when I took BASIC in '84 when I was a sophomore in high school. I had already taught it to myself, so I figured it would be easy credit. The teacher was trying to explain how to use a for-next loop a particular for the assignment and was totally botching it. I tried to explain, but she just shot me down.

The next day everyone was complaining that they couldn't turn in the assignment because they couldn't get their program to run. She told them that there must be a problem with the system. Hers wouldn't run either.
"Mine runs."
She completely ignored me.
The bitch.
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From:imgreen
Date:December 13th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
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OMG! you will totally appreciate this: I recently had a black and white film exposure class in which the teacher was trying to explain spot metering to the class and told them that no matter what you point a meter at, the meter sees 18% grey. I tried to explain to him that it doesn't see 18% grey, but rather thinks everything should be 18% grey, and compensates exposure accordingly. But he didn't agree. UMMM if the meter only saw 18% grey then what would be the point of actually pointing it at things? You'd get the same reading every time! He also taught the class that push/pull were actually the opposites of what they were. As if rating film at a lower film speed is pushing it and vice versa. Needless to say, I stopped attending his class and dropped his following class, which was black and white printing. YIKES!
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From:photog42
Date:December 13th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh good grief! Good thing you didn't take the printing class. He might have told you the contrast filters were for removing conflict. :P
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From:plklives
Date:December 13th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
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Holy crap. The best thing ever is when the manager tries to end the conversation by calling it a "difference of opinion." And the dude is all, "no, actually, not at all. This is math."

And these are adults. I bet you $.002 that they were the kids in math class who were always asking, "when am I ever going to use this? I can always use a calculator!"
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From:mrsveteran
Date:December 13th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I happened upon this because another math prof sent it to my Dad and the other profs in the Math department with a note saying something like "Maybe we should play this for the (Core Math course that everyone has to take) students."

Hehe!

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