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I have an awesome textbook

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:14 am UTC

My physics textbook includes such gems as:

Being part of the "Gators," the University of Florida golfing team must play on a putting green with an alligator pit. Figure 3-23 shows an overhead view of one putting challenge of the team; an xy coordinate system is superimposed. Team members must putt from the origin to the hole, which is at xy coordinates (8m, 12 m) but they can putt the golf ball using only one or more of the following displacements, one or my times:

d1 = (8m)i + (6m)j
d2 = (6m)j
d3 = (8m)i

The pit is at coordinates (8m, 6m). If a team member puts the ball into or through the pit, the member is automatically transferred to Florida State University, the archrival. What sequence of displacements should a team member use to avoid the pit?


You are arguing over a cell phone while trailing an unmarked police car by 25m; both your car and the police car are traveling at 110km/h. Your argument diverts your attention from the police car for 2.0s (long enough for you to look at the phone and yell "I won't do that!")...


You are kidnapped by political-science majors (who are upset because you told them political science is not a real science). Although blindfolded, you can tell the speed of their car (by the whine of the engine), the time of travel (by mentally counting off seconds), and the direction of travel (by turns along the rectangular street system)....


Anyone else have a textbook with a sense of humor?
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Postby l33t_sas » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:34 am UTC

My English Language textbook from last year was pretty awesome.

One of the examples of a declarative sentence:
Mel B's got a big mouth.


And for an interrogative:
Is it really necessary to burst our ear drums in order to demonstrate what big woofers they've installed?"


Examples of compound sentences:
First car stopped suddenly, second car hit first car and a haggis ran into the rear of the second car

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished


Complex:
I saw a slow-moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car

I collided with a stationary truck as it was coming the other way


Compound-complex:
I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

I was going at about 70 or 80mph when my girlfriend on the pillion reached over and grabbed my testicles


Apparently they're all actual claims to a UK insurance company following traffic accidents.
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Postby d3adf001 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:41 am UTC

in my micro class ive had problems about free riders at keggers.

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Postby pi-3 orionis » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:05 am UTC

An old book I have has "A hobo wishes to catch a freight train that stands in front of a train station . . . " and "Two lovers are parked 10 m from the edge of a cliff in a sports car whose mass including that of the occupants is 1000 kg. A jealous suitor ties a rope to the car's bumper and a 50 kg rock to the other end o the rope. He then lowers the rock over the cliff and the car, in neutral, accelerates toward the cliff. (ignoring friction) a) Calculate the car's acceleration. b) How much time do the lovers have before the car is pulled over the cliff?"

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Re: I have an awesome textbook

Postby wing » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:48 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:My physics textbook includes such gems as:

Being part of the "Gators," the University of Florida golfing team must play on a putting green with an alligator pit. Figure 3-23 shows an overhead view of one putting challenge of the team; an xy coordinate system is superimposed. Team members must putt from the origin to the hole, which is at xy coordinates (8m, 12 m) but they can putt the golf ball using only one or more of the following displacements, one or my times:

d1 = (8m)i + (6m)j
d2 = (6m)j
d3 = (8m)i

The pit is at coordinates (8m, 6m). If a team member puts the ball into or through the pit, the member is automatically transferred to Florida State University, the archrival. What sequence of displacements should a team member use to avoid the pit?


You are arguing over a cell phone while trailing an unmarked police car by 25m; both your car and the police car are traveling at 110km/h. Your argument diverts your attention from the police car for 2.0s (long enough for you to look at the phone and yell "I won't do that!")...


You are kidnapped by political-science majors (who are upset because you told them political science is not a real science). Although blindfolded, you can tell the speed of their car (by the whine of the engine), the time of travel (by mentally counting off seconds), and the direction of travel (by turns along the rectangular street system)....


Anyone else have a textbook with a sense of humor?

ISBN please. I'd like to add it to my collection.
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Postby hyperion » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:00 am UTC

l33t_sas wrote:
I collided with a stationary truck as it was coming the other way
Wait, what?

I've never been fortunate enough to get such a cool textbook. :(

bash.org wrote:<Taris> also, this I must share. It comes right out of my physics text book
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<Taris> A hockey puck, mass 0.115kg, moving at 35 m/s, strikes an octopus thrown onto the ice by a fan. The octopus has a mass of 0.265 kg. The puck and octopus slide off together. Find the velocity.
<Taris> yeah, this is one that the authors put in for those students that stay up late trying to do these
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Postby l33t_sas » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:01 am UTC

HYPERiON wrote:
l33t_sas wrote:
I collided with a stationary truck as it was coming the other way
Wait, what?

I've never been fortunate enough to get such a cool textbook. :(


That was verbatim xD

And yeah it was pretty sweet, had all kinds of wacky things in it. Like a Middle English writer talking about manners and etiquette (translated):

If you blow your nose, as may happen, clean your hand; wipe it with your skirt. Don't ever pick your nostril with thumb or forefinger.
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Postby Spoffin » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:52 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
You are kidnapped by political-science majors (who are upset because you told them political science is not a real science). Although blindfolded, you can tell the speed of their car (by the whine of the engine), the time of travel (by mentally counting off seconds), and the direction of travel (by turns along the rectangular street system)....

This is a good one. The puck-octopus one too.
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Postby tenohsix » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

HYPERiON wrote:
l33t_sas wrote:
I collided with a stationary truck as it was coming the other way
Wait, what?

I've never been fortunate enough to get such a cool textbook. :(

bash.org wrote:<Taris> also, this I must share. It comes right out of my physics text book
* Ssithl prepares for brainmelt.
<Taris> A hockey puck, mass 0.115kg, moving at 35 m/s, strikes an octopus thrown onto the ice by a fan. The octopus has a mass of 0.265 kg. The puck and octopus slide off together. Find the velocity.
<Taris> yeah, this is one that the authors put in for those students that stay up late trying to do these


They must be Red Wings fans!

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Postby Moo » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:17 pm UTC

Too long ago now to remember exactly, I had a Java book that had a sense of humour. One I remember was something like "but manual garbage collection is like indicators on a BMW, they don't really get used".

LOL at the other posts here!
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Re: I have an awesome textbook

Postby hipp5 » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:17 pm UTC

While not having a sense of humor, my physics text book is humorous. My $160 text book came with a floppy disk only bootable in DOS!!!! I don't even have a floppy drive!! And who the hell uses DOS these days!?! For $160 I should at least get a CD bootable in Windows.

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Postby keozen » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:18 pm UTC

Alas I haven't ever really had a textbook with a sense of humor. I want to write one now though.
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Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:31 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:My physics textbook includes such gems as:

Being part of the "Gators," the University of Florida golfing team must play on a putting green with an alligator pit. Figure 3-23 shows an overhead view of one putting challenge of the team; an xy coordinate system is superimposed. Team members must putt from the origin to the hole, which is at xy coordinates (8m, 12 m) but they can putt the golf ball using only one or more of the following displacements, one or my times:

d1 = (8m)i + (6m)j
d2 = (6m)j
d3 = (8m)i

The pit is at coordinates (8m, 6m). If a team member puts the ball into or through the pit, the member is automatically transferred to Florida State University, the archrival. What sequence of displacements should a team member use to avoid the pit?


What garbage. Everyone knows the alligator pit is housed in the top floor of Turlington Hall.

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Re: I have an awesome textbook

Postby Dropzone » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:52 pm UTC

Some of the textbooks we used at school contained one or two amusing bits. There was a physics textbook with an illustration captioned "Artist's impression of dark matter", which was just an empty black square. I can also remember a mechanics textbook where one of the problems went something like "A 10m long beam massing 3kg is pivoted at its centre. A kitten of mass 50kg stands at one end of the beam. [...]". That's a rather large kitten...

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Postby Hit3k » Tue Jan 22, 2008 3:57 pm UTC

wing wrote:ISBN please. I'd like to add it to my collection.

What (s)he said.
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Postby Kikral » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:32 pm UTC

All my textbooks have Basic Human Decency issues. When I was a kid, I didn't care about math being hard, I cared about being able to pronounce some of the names in there!
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Postby MFHodge » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:38 pm UTC

I'm reminded of this:
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Re: I have an awesome textbook

Postby Manial » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:02 pm UTC

Man these books are awesome :)

I remember once our maths teacher gave us a test which he'd photocopied from the teacher edition of the textbook, and one of the questions was:
Find the chance of two people eating Cheeries for breakfast, when out of the students questioned:
3 ate bran flakes,
4 ate Choco Bubbles
6 ate Cheeries
5 ate sugar, and
4 ate Korny Flakes

... um, what?

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Postby MFHodge » Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

What's the problem with that? Is it the fake cereal names? The fact that it says "5 ate sugar" (or is that just a typo). Or was the question unclear? It seems to be asking, "if you pick two students from this population, what is the probability that both ate cheeries?".

(4/22)*(3/21) = 2.6%
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Postby Berengal » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:43 pm UTC

Actually Hodge, (6/22)*(5/21) = 6.5%
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Postby Lycur » Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:54 pm UTC

Manial wrote:Man these books are awesome :)

I remember once our maths teacher gave us a test which he'd photocopied from the teacher edition of the textbook, and one of the questions was:
Find the chance of two people eating Cheeries for breakfast, when out of the students questioned:
3 ate bran flakes,
4 ate Choco Bubbles
6 ate Cheeries
5 ate sugar, and
4 ate Korny Flakes


I think his problem is just the awkward phrasing of the question, which, as started, has the rather trivial solution 100%

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Postby MFHodge » Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:11 pm UTC

Berengal wrote:Actually Hodge, (6/22)*(5/21) = 6.5%

Your math assumes that you read the problem correctly and saw "6". I didn't bother reading it and used an assumed value of "4".

Or something like that.
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Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:05 pm UTC

I have an acquaintance who writes textbooks. She puts names of people she knows in her word problems, so in all likelyhood, I am a math problem somewhere.

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Postby Jahoclave » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:36 pm UTC

keozen wrote:Alas I haven't ever really had a textbook with a sense of humor. I want to write one now though.

So do I; you'd think with the subject matter, creative writing text books would be chock full of humour, but no.

I can just see your book now though.

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Postby lowbart » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:36 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:the University of Florida ... Florida State University, the archrival.


I really wish American universities would get a little more creative.
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Postby Endless Mike » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:49 pm UTC

lowbart wrote:
Sir_Elderberry wrote:the University of Florida ... Florida State University, the archrival.


I really wish American universities would get a little more creative.

They are both state universities run by (wait for it) the state of Florida. Private colleges often have names unrelated to location (as to some state schools).

Fun fact: When the Florida state university system was created, three schools were originally designated: University of Florida as the men's college, Florida State University as the women's college, and Florida A&M as the black college (this was the late 1800s). If you talk to old UF alumni, they refer to FSU as the "girls' school."

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:26 pm UTC

wing wrote:ISBN please. I'd like to add it to my collection.


"Fundamentals of PHysics" 8th Edition, Jearl Walker

ISBN: 978-0-470-04473-5
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Postby Antimatter Spork » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:29 pm UTC

lowbart wrote:
Sir_Elderberry wrote:the University of Florida ... Florida State University, the archrival.


I really wish American universities would get a little more creative.

What really sucks is when universities are named after places that they aren't in. I think there's a Miami University in both St. Louis and Ohio (or at least one of them. I don't really remember, and I'm far too lazy to go look it up).
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Postby parkaboy » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:I'm reminded of this:
viewtopic.php?p=359874#p359874
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holy crap, that is ADORABLE!!! XD
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Postby IronyandParadox » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:03 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
wing wrote:ISBN please. I'd like to add it to my collection.


"Fundamentals of PHysics" 8th Edition, Jearl Walker

ISBN: 978-0-470-04473-5
Waitwaitwaitwait! Halliday Resnick Walker? But...that's my book! My book doesn't have any of those amazing problems of awesomenss.
Dang. I have the 7th edition. Still, I get the feeling that the entire physics department is conspiring against us and giving us only relatively normal problems. As in, no political science majors.
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Postby Eps » Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:56 am UTC

Endless Mike wrote:Fun fact: When the Florida state university system was created, three schools were originally designated: University of Florida to have somewhere to put all the fail and lose

Fixed ;)

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Postby TheTankengine » Wed Jan 23, 2008 8:34 am UTC

Antimatter Spork wrote:
lowbart wrote:
Sir_Elderberry wrote:the University of Florida ... Florida State University, the archrival.


I really wish American universities would get a little more creative.

What really sucks is when universities are named after places that they aren't in. I think there's a Miami University in both St. Louis and Ohio (or at least one of them. I don't really remember, and I'm far too lazy to go look it up).

Miami University is in Oxford, OH. There is no MU in St. Louis, but there is a "Washington University in St. Louis", in St. Louis.
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IronyandParadox wrote:Waitwaitwaitwait! Halliday Resnick Walker? But...that's my book! My book doesn't have any of those amazing problems of awesomenss.
Dang. I have the 7th edition. Still, I get the feeling that the entire physics department is conspiring against us and giving us only relatively normal problems. As in, no political science majors.
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Are you sure? My seventh edition HRW has some gems.
Mostly near the beginning, though. Check out page 132, problems 12 and 20. Or all the problems from chapter 2.

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My history book in 7th grade elementary school had a few pages on each decade from the 20th century. In the chapter "The 60s' " they explain the hippie culture, and there is this really cool looking guy with Pilot-Sunglasses, a Berret, Sideburns, a woolen sweatter and he's smoking a Pipe.

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Postby l33t_sas » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:12 am UTC

ThorFluff wrote:My history book in 7th grade elementary school had a few pages on each decade from the 20th century. In the chapter "The 60s' " they explain the hippie culture, and there is this really cool looking guy with Pilot-Sunglasses, a Berret, Sideburns, a woolen sweatter and he's smoking a Pipe.

That's my dad.


Do you still have it? I want a scan of this!
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Its from an old newspaper originally, I think dad has the original print. I'll look into it.
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Postby SecondTalon » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:36 pm UTC

ThorFluff wrote:My history book in 7th grade elementary school had a few pages on each decade from the 20th century. In the chapter "The 60s' " they explain the hippie culture, and there is this really cool looking guy with Pilot-Sunglasses, a Berret, Sideburns, a woolen sweatter and he's smoking a Pipe.

That's my dad.


That.. sounds more Beat that Hippie to me...
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Postby Vanguard » Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:49 pm UTC

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Postby MFHodge » Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:44 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:That.. sounds more Beat that Hippie to me...

It's likely that you meant "more Beat than Hippie", but I really like the phrase "Beat that Hippie". It sounds like a fun schoolyard game.
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