Math bloopers heard in math classes

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby Eebster the Great » Thu Nov 18, 2010 7:25 pm UTC

Unakau wrote:The only "blooper" is when somebody was writing the unit for dollars per month as...

$ per m

The class immediately erupted. The teacher told him to "get the sperm off the board."

Serious necro, but this reminds me of 11th grade when my physics C teacher was talking about something involving conservation of angular momentum and stated, " . . . but that doesn't change the r x p-ness (pronounced ar cross peeness)." It took him a long time to understand why everybody was laughing. He also once wrote "velocity of air relative to ground" on the board as vag.

But most of the bloopers came from my BC calc class (same teacher) which had the dumbest smart person I have ever met in it. He was a freshman with a slight Indian accent who called everyone and everything "dudes" and seriously could not open his mouth without saying something weird and hilarious. He was also a pathological liar. Anyway, despite acing every test, he never seemed to know what was going on. At the end of the year while we were reviewing for the AP, he blurted out the question, completely seriously, "Wait, what does d/dx mean again?"

The only thing I can think of that I actually did is somewhat embarrassing. Senior year I swear I was arithmetically impaired. One time on a multi test I twice made the mistake 1 - 1 = 1 when calculating a determinant (probably for a cross-product, not sure). Then again, I don't know if that's as bad as the kid who once wrote [imath]\sin{\frac{1}{a + b}} = \sin{1\over a} + \sin{1\over b}[/imath].

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby xepher » Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:55 pm UTC

My current math teacher once pronounced Euler as well... Yoo-ler.

...I was thinking about being a smartass and asking if it was Euler's evil twin, but I decided not to.

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby mrbaggins » Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:20 am UTC

To be fair, I still do the YOOLER pronunciation in my head, as I encountered it in reading before I ever heard it, so sort of just 'worked it out' as something like eulogy.

I never say it out loud, but it takes conscious effort...
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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby supereater14 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:53 pm UTC

In a high school geometry class:
Teacher: "what is the reason for #7 in this proof?"
student: "umm... proof?"

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby Kurushimi » Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:31 am UTC

skeptical scientist wrote:
evilbeanfiend wrote:
mathmagic wrote:
skeptical scientist wrote:You missed g-b-g-b-g, so it's 10/32. Remember, 5 choose 2 is 5*4/2=10.

Bah. I knew I was going to miss one...


the total number of permutations has got to be 25 for what is, hopefully, obvious reasons (think binary strings)

Erm, the total number of permutations of gggbb is 5 choose 2.


Actually, I'm pretty sure the total number is 5 choose 3.

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby letterX » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:15 am UTC

Kurushimi wrote:
skeptical scientist wrote:
evilbeanfiend wrote:
mathmagic wrote:
skeptical scientist wrote:You missed g-b-g-b-g, so it's 10/32. Remember, 5 choose 2 is 5*4/2=10.

Bah. I knew I was going to miss one...

the total number of permutations has got to be 25 for what is, hopefully, obvious reasons (think binary strings)

Erm, the total number of permutations of gggbb is 5 choose 2.

Actually, I'm pretty sure the total number is 5 choose 3.

I really hope you're just being difficult...

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby snowyowl » Tue Nov 23, 2010 1:18 am UTC

Tac-Tics wrote:Good times were had by all in our Theory of Computation class (the mathiest comp. sci. class at our school).

I first parsed that phrase as "the manliest comp. sci. class at our school". Cue visions of a hairy-chested lecturer yelling "Today, you will learn to destroy partial diferential equations WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!"

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby Eebster the Great » Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:14 am UTC

snowyowl wrote:
Tac-Tics wrote:Good times were had by all in our Theory of Computation class (the mathiest comp. sci. class at our school).

I first parsed that phrase as "the manliest comp. sci. class at our school". Cue visions of a hairy-chested lecturer yelling "Today, you will learn to destroy partial diferential equations WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!"

I need to sleep now.

I would not want to have to solve partial differential equations with my bare hands.

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby eSOANEM » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:36 pm UTC

From one of my friends who went on to win the maths prize that year: "what's the square root of x squared again?"
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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby GenericPseudonym » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:51 am UTC

eSOANEM wrote:From one of my friends who went on to win the maths prize that year: "what's the square root of x squared again?"


Hint: It's not what you think. (Unless it is...)

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby Kurushimi » Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:57 pm UTC

Wait, did he mean the square root of x squared or the square root of x squared?

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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby eSOANEM » Fri Nov 26, 2010 6:26 pm UTC

Kurushimi wrote:Wait, did he mean the square root of x squared or the square root of x squared?


sqrt(x^2)
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Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Postby Nani the man » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:41 pm UTC

In high school:
student: teacher did you know that 1= 0,999999999(9)
techer: dont be stupid, 1 is one and 0,9999999(9) is another number.
student: ok then, take 1 and divide it be 9... now multiply it by 9...
techer: but that equals 0,99999(9)... wait... shut up!!

it was hillarious!! xD


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