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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby scowdich » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:10 pm UTC

antonfire wrote:
Klotz wrote:Question: Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.

Answer: Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.

Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.
While you did write out an appropriate question, you did not answer that question completely (you only did one part of it).

The answer to the question is the question, the answer to which is the question to which the answer responds.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Xanthir » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:21 am UTC

antonfire wrote:
Klotz wrote:Question: Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.

Answer: Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.

Write out an appropriate question for this course, and answer it.
While you did write out an appropriate question, you did not answer that question completely (you only did one part of it).

As far as I can tell he answered it. He gave an appropriate question for the course, and answered it.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby phlip » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:37 am UTC

But the answer he provided for the question he provided was incomplete... he said an appropriate question would ask for a question and an answer, but the answer he provided merely contained a question, no answer.

An accurate response would've required that the "answer" half of the response matched the entire response... but the entire response is the "answer" half, plus an extra sentence. Thus, the answer would've had to have been infinitely long.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Xanthir » Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:48 am UTC

Ah, I see. I somehow convinced myself that it folded into itself appropriately.

A simple 'etc.' would have sufficed to finish that off, then.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby jestingrabbit » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:58 am UTC

Asday wrote:I thought edits showed as new posts, and bumped the thread...

Edits don't bump the thread.

What pkuky did was okay, but in general double posting is bad. Its only okay to double post if there's been a time lag and you want it bumped.

In general bumping is a serious mistake.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby pkuky » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:10 pm UTC

actually, it was "write a question AND answer it", not "then answer it". so you could see his whol;e answer as the answer to his own question, in which case it's an answer.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Noughmad » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:24 pm UTC

Doesn't a question need a question mark to be considered a question?
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Asday » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

jestingrabbit wrote:Edits don't bump the thread.

What pkuky did was okay, but in general double posting is bad. Its only okay to double post if there's been a time lag and you want it bumped.

In general bumping is a serious mistake.

I'm too used to SMF, on Qhimm, where they were damn strict about double posting, etc.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby ian » Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:23 am UTC

Noughmad wrote:Doesn't a question need a question mark to be considered a question?


I'd think putting 'Question:' before it would do, which is there for the original question, but not the answer. Also you could argue the question doesn't ask for the new question to be answered correctly, but merely answered.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby scowdich » Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:49 pm UTC

The test seems to consider its own request a valid question, so the grader must consider this answer, which in itself begs the question as to the nature of a question, to be a valid...oh, fuck this. I'll stop.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby llamapalooza » Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:57 pm UTC

Wouldn't it be simpler to just write "an appropriate question for this course, and answer it" as your answer? You wrote it out...

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Peregrine » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:00 pm UTC

I show up to Number Theory on Monday, a little out of it, since I had gotten little sleep the night before. I can tell by the looks on peoples faces that the test I had thought was on Wednesday was actually today. If I had known this fact, I probably would have studied/slept the night before.

Problem 1: A simple Chinese Remainder Theorem, stuff I can do with ease if fully conscious. My mind goes completely blank. I muddle around for a bit and get '6' as an answer. This is very wrong, so I try again. '6' I look at the congruences for a bit and figure out the answer is '8', so right below my work getting the answer 6 I write a large 8 and box it. Full credit. I ended up getting a 90% on the test.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Xanthir » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:10 pm UTC

Peregrine wrote:I show up to Number Theory on Monday, a little out of it, since I had gotten little sleep the night before. I can tell by the looks on peoples faces that the test I had thought was on Wednesday was actually today. If I had known this fact, I probably would have studied/slept the night before.

Problem 1: A simple Chinese Remainder Theorem, stuff I can do with ease if fully conscious. My mind goes completely blank. I muddle around for a bit and get '6' as an answer. This is very wrong, so I try again. '6' I look at the congruences for a bit and figure out the answer is '8', so right below my work getting the answer 6 I write a large 8 and box it. Full credit. I ended up getting a 90% on the test.

Lesson: Always box your answers.

Heh, too true. If the answer is right and the work is vaguely correct, most of the time it'll just be skipped over and you'll get full credit.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Pathway » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:41 pm UTC

What, so your professor cares about your work? Harsh. I had a congruence to solve on an abstract algebra test once, and it was unique mod 200... You can guess what I did.

The only writing on that problem was my answer. Full credit. :)

(The same test, there was a problem intended to be solved with Gaussian integers: find integers a and b such that a^2 and b^2 sum to N. N was orders of magnitude too small for it to be worth solving the problem the algebraic way, when brute force was good enough. I had a line of work on that problem.)

Of course, my actual proofs on that test were completely written out. I guess you have to know your professor's grading preferences. Mine's were sweet.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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MotorToad wrote:I'm not sure how real this is, but it looks good.

That is awesome :D
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Asday » Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:08 pm UTC

Heh, an art student's answer if I ever saw one. I've got that pic archived somewhere, it's a shame I didn't think of it first.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby sl.124 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:10 pm UTC

I didn't read the entire 4 pages (tl:dr) so I dunno if this has been linked to but I found this pretty damn funny: http://shutterline.com/exam-gone-wrong.html

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby tricky77puzzle » Sun Jul 27, 2008 1:49 pm UTC

sl.124 wrote:I didn't read the entire 4 pages (tl:dr) so I dunno if this has been linked to but I found this pretty damn funny: http://shutterline.com/exam-gone-wrong.html


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Um, yeah, that is funny.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Yuffie » Sun Jul 27, 2008 6:04 pm UTC

And a repost.



And this is a post pointing out that the above post was a repost, without pointing out the orignial post.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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haha! i like the elephant.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby chickendude » Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:17 pm UTC

msiggy wrote:My physics teacher used to always have questions on his tests like " A 10lb cat falls off a 100 story building, find its kinetic energy 5 seconds before it hits the ground." My teacher really didn't like cats.



My teacher did this with Oprah. He would set up problems where Oprah weighed more than a Jumbo Jet.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby mgcclx » Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:04 pm UTC

itsatumbleweed wrote:A buddy of mine was working on a Number Theory test on which there was a problem that was set up around a 'real world' type situation. I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, but the question involved a census taker asking about the ages of people at a certain residence, with constraints on what the ages could be given the address. There were three possible answers for the ages:

75, 5, 3
15, 12, 7
25, 15, 10

My friend had *no* idea how to pick which one was the right answer mathematically, so he justified as follows:

75, 5, and 3 cannot be the right answer, because someone of 75 years is far too old to be the primary caregiver to a 5 year old and a 3 year old.

15, 12, and 7 couldn't be the answer, because a 15 year old could not possibly be the proprietor of his own home; there are laws against this sort of thing

Therefore, the answer is 25, 15, 10

He got credit (thought probably not full) because he got it down to 3 options, and because 25, 15, and 10 *actually* was the right answer, but the professor read the test out to all of his other classes making sure to note how ridiculous the logic was.

I don't see how the logic is ridiculous. It's perfectly logical.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Asday » Thu Aug 28, 2008 3:20 pm UTC

mgcclx wrote:I don't see how the logic is ridiculous. It's perfectly logical.

'Tis silly in context.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Monika » Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:14 pm UTC

0SpinBoson wrote:Since I was told I had to give a quiz the day after the exam to preserve the integrity of the schedule, I had the following question on my Physics II quiz (note that this is electromagnetism without calculus):

Derive, using Maxwell's equations, the speed of light in terms of the fundamental constants e0 and u0.

I got answers ranging from question marks to:

A drawing of an apple tree, with the text "I like apples. I like apples"

"You take the first equation, multiply by a kangaroo and subtract a bowl of soup."

What would have been the correct answer?
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby Monika » Thu Aug 28, 2008 4:26 pm UTC

chickendude wrote:
msiggy wrote:My physics teacher used to always have questions on his tests like " A 10lb cat falls off a 100 story building, find its kinetic energy 5 seconds before it hits the ground." My teacher really didn't like cats.



My teacher did this with Oprah. He would set up problems where Oprah weighed more than a Jumbo Jet.


My physics teacher did a question (not on an exam though) like this:
Federal Chancellor Kohl and <other politician> jump out of a plane without parachutes.
Assume that each of them is a ball and they have the same diameter.
Who hits the ground first?

I don't know how well known Kohl is outside Germany, but he's fat.
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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby mgcclx » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:02 pm UTC

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Let's stop this now.

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you nano-fail for not saying derivation instead of diversion.

you dec-fail for making me misunderstand it as "10^-9 fail"

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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I fail for not knowing the latin prefix for 11.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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It's not like you need the prefix for 11 anyway, it was only on the tenth. Jumped from 5 to 7.

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

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Please, don't start with that quote pyramid again.

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duodec-fail to ruin the numerical prefix fail tower. and it's not nano-fail... it should be \nona-fail or non-fail

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby blakat1313 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:21 am UTC

4=5 wrote:
Luthen wrote:d's philosophy exam (or maybe it was just a joke question from his teacher) there was a essay question (for half the exam) that went:

Topic D: Free Will and Determinacy
Essay Question: Is it possible for you to choose not to answer this question?

My answers are:
1) Complete another essay half-arsed and finish with "Thus I have proved the essay question in Topic D"
2) Write "This statement is false" and leave the marker to squirm

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Re: Amusing answers to tests

Postby pkuky » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:17 pm UTC

here is the advantage of not believing in free will at all. write "no", and you don't get drawn into paradoxes.
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