I will Derive

This goes out to all my calculus students who are (justifiably) dreading the pain I am about to inflict in the form of the Year-End Final Examination.

Sure; I was actually trying to watch the new Weezer video, Pork and Beans.

But NATO Jones suggested this as an actually funny calculus post, and I have to agree. I've seen a lot of poor (and poorly-produced) humor about calculus — most of my stuff is better. But this rises to the Wry Mouth standard.

And I am fairly sure Rowan will approve, too!

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  • 26 May 2008, 12:07 AM rowan wrote:
    Wry and Nato:I like this a lot! Maybe if Newton had drifted by to whisper in my lug-holes during my last ever maths exam (aged twelve) I might have reached the dizzy heights of fifty percent and not been shunted into the 'arithmetic only' class to read Descartes and his cronies under the desk for the next four years.

    I am sort of beginnning to see all of this as a miscarriage of justice now, rather than a problem with my brain. I guess that is good. I recall approaching the head of the Maths Dept, aged sixteen, as he was also the careers advisor. He looked at my records and winced. Said it had been an "oversight", for which he sincerely apologised. A bit of extra tuition and a teacher who didn't make fun of me, and the math door might have been wedged open long enough to enter into the mysteries of calculus and trigonometry, strangely appealing but intangible terms thrown out into the ether by my friends,'in the know'.

    poo tee weet and so it goes.

    Not to be a maudlin Scot,howevurr...if a volume requires calculating, or the area of a theoretical football pitch, I'm yer man! Was wondering about calculating the volume of the last Creme Egg I ate, cos I suspect Cadbury's are making them smaller. Nevertheless, the crafty chocolatiers have snuffed-out that line of investigation by means of the gradient of their product. It is not a cone. Or a sphere. or a cylinder. (Tho I guess it coould, just coould, be two half spheres and a bit of a cylinder.) I have no formula. Anyways...any comparative ratio would require an old-sized egg, and um...well, they do not tend to hang around. :)

    I am glad peeps make videos like this. Indeed a reflection of "what makes humans great." Wishing the calculus students all the very best for the forthcoming exam.
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  • 26 May 2008, 2:38 AM Cog wrote:
    Great find, young Jones. Kudos!

    (Note: I had a lengthy anecdote here about my recently finding practical use for geometric formulas I learned in 8th grade, but I somehow erased it at about character number 975 and don't feel inclined to reconstruct it. Suffice it to say it was a gratifying event for this Poli Sci major. Perhaps at another time, or later in the day...)
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  • 26 May 2008, 7:19 AM dr.bob wrote:
    I really liked this -- reminds me of the t-shirt we got you a while ago that admonished people to not drink and derive. A mine of comic calculus humor is there to be mined.

    As a person who never even took geometry -- partly a function of my 7th grade math teacher who told me I would never get it -- I always feel a little shy around those who understand all of this. However, I think that I could have learned it.

    A nice disco song would certainly have been of benefit.

    (nice work, NATO)

    Cog, I would like to hear your story.
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  • 26 May 2008, 7:20 AM dr.bob wrote:
    (and not to be tangential, but what exactly does poo tee weet mean)
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  • 26 May 2008, 9:03 AM rowan wrote:
    Cog, I am also hoping you will reconstruct. (Dickens went in for deft cliff-hangers too.)

    Dr Bob - a fellow math-shy personage! Grr to your 7th grade teacher.

    Poo tee weet and so it goes is phrase from Kurt Vonnegut's, "Slaughterhouse 5." It is a sort of melancholy and helpless comment on the awful things his protagonist sees going on around him in war-torn Dresden.

    So saying...I feel guilty now. Cos it isn't an apt comparison for my loss to mathematics. Not at all. But that's what happens when you hi-jack phrases from literature that take your fancy. (Literary theorists dress that up and call it intertextuality.)
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