Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Things I Can Count On

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Don't you hate when your creations criticize you?

Hands would be challenging even if I used a larger canvas, I think, but I know that I'm in great company when it comes to how difficult hands are to draw.



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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

P(C3PO)

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There's no replacing them!

While I'm pretty much over the joke of "May the Fourth", I will continue to acknowledge it. It's odd that I didn't hear it at all for the first 25 years or so, and then couldn't get away from it. Also, I think "Revenge of the Si(x)th" makes more sense than "Revenge of the Fifth", with the side benefit of leaving Cinco de Mayo alone.

As for the problem above there is a 1 in 5 chance of selecting the correct protocol droid and a 1 in 4 chance of selected the correct astromech, meaning that there is only a 1 in 20 chance of selecting the pair of droids you're looking for.



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Friday, April 30, 2021

(x, why?) Addition

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This can be a total problem.

This was based on an actual typo.

During a continuous month of blogging back in May of 2014, I already have a write-up of piecewise functions (along with a joke about the Indy 500).

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Piecewise Functions

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All we are saying is give absolute value, a circle and the y-axis a chance.

I'm guessing that this joke occurs to me every time I have to cover the material in class, which leaves me wondering if I've done this joke before or not. Longtime fans might remember a previous occurrence. All google products are incredibly slow on the machine I'm currently using today. Isn't that odd? You know what else is odd? [Pause and wait for the audience to shout out the answer.] Yeah, I might use that gag again, too.

I mean, c'mon. I've been doing this for over 13 years now. And Wikipedia still won't acknowledge it.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

(x, why?) Mini: Wax On

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As your science teacher, Mr. Miyagi, would explain.

Actually, he might explain that we had Waxing Gibbous and Waning Crescent phases shown.



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Saturday, April 24, 2021

On The Strip

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The real twist is watching the ladies of Mobius Strip. There's no corner to stand on.

There used to be a hotel in Rye that was laid out like a Mobius strip, possibly designed by Escher. First timers could get lost following the map, so someone constructed a 3-D model to people orient themselves.

Now I'm thinking that I should update this comic to include buildings, but I don't think I allowed enough room for that.

ObMath: A Mobius strip is actually a one-sided surface and it you walk far enough, you'll go double the length of a non-twisted loop before you return to your starting point.



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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Excluded

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Some places just seem less welcoming to certain potential clientele.

That's probably why these trendy places don't last. After a while, even the hottest spots cool off.

ObMath: Excluded values are values that make a fraction equal to 0, so they cannot be part of the domain of a function.



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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Undefined

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But is there a reason to exclude him? Is he a fraction, or is he just wearing a funny hat?

This would've been up yesterday but the computer I was working on was dragging for some reason. Could be related to the wifi issues the day before. As it is, it's glitched a few times while typing these sentences.

Hopefully, another update tomorrow.



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Monday, April 12, 2021

Wi-Fi

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It wasn't a productive day. For some people, this was not a problem.

The whole building was affected, not just my school Ironically, had I been scheduled to be home this week, I could have talk class to all of my students -- assuming that they were also at home and not in a classroom at school. It came on a little after noon, so a couple of classes could be salvaged, but you know that many students had mentally (and possibly physically) checked out for the day.



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Thursday, April 08, 2021

(x, why?) Mini: Sine

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This is, of course, quite different from "times of the sine"!



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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Essay

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It might sound like that, but those aren't the actual words being stated.

And who was writing it?

I believe "State it and do away with it" was how my high school English teachers put it. At least, that's how I'm presenting it.

It's been a while, but I use what I remember when I write that kind of stuff. And, of course, the most important thing about these kinds of essays is to never, ever read the comments.

I had a name in my head for the student, but I didn't want to lock it in. Also, I considered using Missy here, but I didn't want to upset her fans.



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Thursday, April 01, 2021

The Saga Continues

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It's a piece of fiction within a piece of fiction. Or is it?

And who was writing it?

It's true that Sven and Vaness haven't been around since last summer, maybe they're isolating at home. On the other hand, there isn't a triangle with Shaun, even if Vaughn or Hal seem to think so. (Or is there?)

Keep the date in mind, okay?

Daisy seems to be getting better at not blurting out the truth all the time.



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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

(x, why?) Mini: Talkin' Baseball

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That's according to the public address. Honest.

A long way to go for a pun, you say? I don't think 360 feet is that long, but 11220 feet sounds longer when you write it in base four. And base four would be one trip around the bases, right?

And I didn't even mention the diamond!



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Friday, March 26, 2021

(x, why?) Mini: Excited

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Exited iron ion! Exited iron ion! Exited iron ion!

It's sort of a tongue twister, right?



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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Theory vs. Practice

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My theory is that this is what'll happen every time I practice!

The mental calculations in the design phase still require the correct flick of the wrist in the application.



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Friday, March 19, 2021

Simplify the Radicals

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Is that because he's evtremely complex, or that he just defies simplification?

One of the problems I have this week every year is coming up with comics for Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day and maybe even recognizing the Ides of March. Another is that I put off ideas I had earlier until after this has all passed. And then I can't remember what that joke I thought of was. Yes, I write lots of stuff down, and sometimes I write it in places where I'll find it again.

Thankfully, I still have the classroom for inspiration! And, yes, this is one of those cases where students may stop working rather than dealing with it and finishing the problem.

There are a few reasons for simplifying radicals, the least of which is because they'll be simplified on state exams. You have to be able to recognize the correct choice when it's written in a different form. More importantly, it's easier to deal with them once they're in simplest form because then they can be combined just like any other like terms.

And happy St. Joseph's Day everyone! Enjoy your pastry!



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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2021: Next Wave

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Those adders sure are stubborn, aren't they? Begorah!

The kind of wave is left as an exercise to the reader.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!



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