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by navigatr85
Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extra time for tests
Replies: 28
Views: 7603

Re: Extra time for tests

Anyway, I don't really see how homework is a "completely different issue". It's different because a test is a controlled environment, and homework is not. The teacher has control over when the test starts and when the test ends. I think D.B. put it well; for a test, the time disparity can...
by navigatr85
Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: False cognates within a single language
Replies: 14
Views: 3624

False cognates within a single language

In a recent thread , people were discussing pairs of English words that look/sound alike, and seem like they might have a common etymology, but are actually etymologically unrelated. The linguistic term for this is a " false cognate ". False cognates usually involve words in two different ...
by navigatr85
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Every male/female word
Replies: 44
Views: 24117

Re: Every male/female word

Spinster vs. Bachelor Shouldn't that be Bachelorette vs. Bachelor? I think "spinster" specifically refers to an elderly unmarried woman. But I'm pretty sure "bachelor" can refer to an unmarried man of any age. terminator / terminatress? :D In "Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach...
by navigatr85
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An experiment, if you don't mind.
Replies: 28
Views: 5819

Re: An experiment, if you don't mind.

Sent you a PM.
by navigatr85
Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"
Replies: 152
Views: 68330

Re: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"

OK, I thought of something that vaguely makes sense for ln 2π: http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c236/Navigatr85/xkcd/ln2pismall.png The girl is on her knees, and leaning back against a table. The guy is bent over in front of her, with his hands and feet on the floor. He has his feet pushed up again...
by navigatr85
Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 40897

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

I think there should be a Wikipedia administrator whose only job is to read xkcd every Monday/Wednesday/Friday at midnight, check if any Wikipedia articles were mentioned in that day's comic, and then immediately lock those articles. :)
by navigatr85
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

And if you're going to do much calculus, you'd better have a good strong understanding of "solving quadratic equations, long division of polynomials, and others". But maybe I misunderstood. I guess you're actually saying that you don't have a strong opinion either way. Is that right? Actu...
by navigatr85
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

You really think that that didn't seem very insulting? You say that you did not intend to insult, but I have no idea what you could have intended by saying that. Even I felt insulted and stereotyped by that. Could you not have just said,''That has flaws, which are ___ and ___, and this is why.'' Sa...
by navigatr85
Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6787

Re: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

Yakk recently put me on his ignore list, because he felt insulted by some comments I made in another thread. So he won't see this post. But I'd still like to respond to some of the things he said. A bad grade? What makes 30% a bad grade? If 25% is sufficient to pass, and 30% is sufficient to maintai...
by navigatr85
Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

OK, why don't we take a step back from the original discussion for a bit. First of all, Yakk just sent me a private message saying that he put me on his ignore list: I find discussing things on the internet with between people throwing insults at each other to be less than productive. I read your la...
by navigatr85
Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Let me re-state my position. I think my position has changed a bit since the time I started this thread. I think colleges need to look closely at the syllabi for the math classes that they require for students whose programs are not directly related to math/physics/engineering. They need to remove c...
by navigatr85
Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6787

Re: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

It is a horrible way to detect excellence. Why is it necessary to distinguish people to that extent? Why is it necessary to use a test within a class to detect excellence? There are other ways of determining excellence and genius. For example, Einstein is remembered as a genius, not because he scor...
by navigatr85
Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Short of some really simple biology, trying to learn anything beyond "pop sci" science without knowing the math to do it (basic Calculus at the least) is ridiculously slow, clumsy, and inefficient. There are physics courses at most high schools and colleges which don't use any calculus. T...
by navigatr85
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6787

Re: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

Except students, even if they do learn stuff from a teacher, will evaluate the teacher much harsher if they happen to give hard tests or the like. I've never understood why some teachers give extremely hard tests. If a teacher gives a test that's much more difficult than all the lectures, homework,...
by navigatr85
Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Yakk, let me also respond to what you said about the costs of individual attention. Do you see how it would be better if you didn't have to be there to get the students to work on the assignment, if they could self-motivate and come to you with problems? They you could teach between 20% and 100% mor...
by navigatr85
Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Do you see how it would be better if you didn't have to be there to get the students to work on the assignment, if they could self-motivate and come to you with problems? A lot of them ARE self-motivated. I'd say that most of my students would still do work on the assignment even if it wasn't an in...
by navigatr85
Thu May 20, 2010 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6787

Re: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

I don't get it. Why don't you just talk to Mr. Lenhart instead of trying to covertly observe him in some roundabout way? Well, he probably wouldn't listen to me, because he and I are on the same "rank", so to speak. He would be more likely to listen to the head of the math department, who...
by navigatr85
Thu May 20, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Yakk, you seem to be completely misunderstanding the idea of one-on-one attention. I'm not talking about constant, non-stop, individual attention. Here's the way I do it: I lecture during the beginning of class, and then I give my students assignments to do, in class, for the remainder of the time. ...
by navigatr85
Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

What's all this fuss about the real world? I do math (and will be a math major next year) because i enjoy it. I enjoy math too. :) But some people hate it. In the current system, higher-level math is required for every college student, including those who enjoy it and those who hate it. I don't thi...
by navigatr85
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6787

Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

This discussion started in the thread titled "When am I going to use this?", but I wanted to start a new thread for it. It got somewhat off-topic, and I think it's worth discussing because it points to some flaws in the overall academic system. I teach math and physics at a community colle...
by navigatr85
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

Know if it is snake oil or not? Not without understanding how it works. Most, if not all, people go through life using lots of snake oil products. Most such snake oil is not seriously damaging. If you want to know something for true, or not, you need to understand the parts of the universe that we ...
by navigatr85
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

I don't see the issue of the filters has anything to do with the mentally retarded. Grow up, please. I apologize. I was very frustrated at the time. Can you understand my point of view, though? It's very annoying when I try to make a post, and ten of the words in the post change to other words, cha...
by navigatr85
Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

By the way, what's going on with the w.o.r.d f.i.l.t.e.r.s on these forums recently? Every time I type the word "a.l.s.o", it gets replaced with that phrase in all caps. And the word "s.c.i.e.n.c.e" is being replaced with the word "spirituality", which is particularly i...
by navigatr85
Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

Re: "When am I going to use this?"

A few people, including Yakk and sikyon, have been saying that domains, ranges, and quadratic equations are "basic." You're looking at this from entirely the wrong perspective. Those things might be basic to you, and to me, and to anyone who has a lot of math experience. But to a person wh...
by navigatr85
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?
Replies: 19
Views: 3163

Re: Is it just me, or is this a stupid rule?

Yeah, I agree with the other posters, I think your teacher is probably making this rule just to challenge you and force you to think more. It's very similar to the technique of constrained writing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constrained_writing If that IS what he intended, though, then he should b...
by navigatr85
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "When am I going to use this?"
Replies: 127
Views: 22773

"When am I going to use this?"

I teach math and physics. Sometimes my students will ask me questions like, "Why do I have to learn this?" or "When am I ever going to use this in real life?" I've wondered those things too, and I've never actually been able to come up with a satisfying answer. Honestly, I think ...
by navigatr85
Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Re: Widespread inconsistent beliefs

It's an axiom. It doesn't need to be justified. In fact, the notion of justifying an axiom doesn't make sense. Although, I don't think those two 'axioms' you listed are actually axioms. Yeah, I guess that's a bad choice of words. I called them "axioms" because guenther used that term. May...
by navigatr85
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good teaching
Replies: 17
Views: 15422

Re: Good teaching

Firstly, the administrators who do the grading of the teachers don't care in the first place. That's interesting. Now that I think about it, I suppose the administrators don't benefit in any way from having better teachers. So they have no reason to care. That needs to change. Secondly, the adminis...
by navigatr85
Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Re: Widespread inconsistent beliefs

I can't think of a better reason to dislike someone than their beliefs. A person's beliefs tell you a lot about what they value and how they think. As a few others have said, disliking someone based on actions is better than disliking them based on beliefs. Beliefs can definitely cause actions. So,...
by navigatr85
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good teaching
Replies: 17
Views: 15422

Re: Good teaching

I think you guys might be misunderstanding me. I completely agree that paying the teachers based on the students' test scores is a bad idea. If I understand correctly, some merit pay systems are based on test scores, but not all of them. In some merit pay systems, the school administrators, who are ...
by navigatr85
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 36930

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

Everyone's been saying that the use of the word "shears" in this comic is a pun. Maybe I'm being a little too nit-picky here, but I wouldn't call it a pun. The word "shears" is directly etymologically related to the concept of "shear strength" in physics. If I understan...
by navigatr85
Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good teaching
Replies: 17
Views: 15422

Good teaching

I've been wondering about what it really means to be a good teacher. I've been reading some discussions about merit-based pay for teachers, but it seems like none of those discussions contained a definition of "merit." I don't think anyone has ever set out a list of criteria that define wh...
by navigatr85
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Re: Widespread inconsistent beliefs

Thanks, ocdscale, you cleared it up for me a bit. You're right, if a person's entire family dies, he would be devastated. Similarly, I guess if a man has been a Christian all his life, and his whole family is Christian, then a rejection of Christianity might cause him to lose his family. They wouldn...
by navigatr85
Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Re: Widespread inconsistent beliefs

Nath, I wanted to mention that you have a good point. If a small fraction of young children are taught to question things, one-on-one, that could eventually go a long way. It might take centuries, but that could eventually reduce the amount of these types of beliefs in society. What I'm really wonde...
by navigatr85
Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Widespread inconsistent beliefs

This has nothing to do with accuracy, it's purely morals; specifically your morals; therefore oppinion. Yeah, I think you missed my second post in this thread. :) I admit that I made a bad choice of words in the first post. I should really call those things "inconsistent" instead of "...
by navigatr85
Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Re: Widespread inaccurate beliefs

I don't have much time to write right now, but I'd like to respond to a few things and write more later. First of all, I'd like to say that Nath is absolutely right about the use of the word "inaccurate." I made a bad choice of words there in the title and the first post. What I'm really l...
by navigatr85
Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9284

Widespread inconsistent beliefs

There have been many times in history when a large group of people held inaccurate beliefs, which led to horrible actions. For example, in the southern United States before the Civil War, there was a widespread belief that slavery was acceptable. In Germany during the Holocaust, there was a widespre...
by navigatr85
Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33008

Re: "Supported Features" Discussion

This comic highlights some interesting issues. It's about more than just smooth full-screen Flash video. Like someone said before, a lot of Linux developers have the attitude represented by the last line in the comic: "Who uses that?" Actually, "who uses that" isn't completely ac...
by navigatr85
Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Fast booting
Replies: 32
Views: 2734

Re: Fast booting

No, your monitor doesn't matter; it could be off or not even plugged in and the video card would still send vga data to the port. OK. The reason I originally mentioned the monitor was because of something on the Intel boot guide, which phillipsjk linked to. ( http://www.intel.com/support/motherboar...
by navigatr85
Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Fast booting
Replies: 32
Views: 2734

Re: Fast booting

I don't know. I'm sure it can be programmed not to wait. And after paying attention, i've noticed it takes maybe half a second to detect the raid arrays (with 1 array). I went into the RAID BIOS setup on my own machine today for the first time (a friend of mine set it up for me originally), and I c...

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