I remember taking my first undergrad-level class in electrical after getting my physics degree. It took me forever to figure out how to do imaginary numbers on my seldom-used calculator. I still don’t know that I can graph things very well.

Yeah, graphing calculators are still my Achilles heel – something I really need to work on, for my students’ sake.

I remember walking up to my AP Calculus teacher the week before the test, saying, “How do you use this thing?” I don’t think I’d turned it on more than once or twice all year.

(And I never even THOUGHT about doing complex numbers on a graphing calculator! Although obviously they should have that capability.)

These days, if you can’t use a graphing calculator, then you are sunk on the AP test. For example — what if they ask you to integrate cos(x^2) from, say, 0 to 0.6? ? Some calculators can do it, but for all intents and purposes you can’t do it by hand at all.! And that was on the 2013 AP calc BC test.

Yeah, I always made sure to cover the really essential stuff with my students. (Graph equations; find roots; compute definite integrals.) But I know there’s tons of untapped power I wasn’t telling them about.

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Of course you can do it by hand. The half-angle formula gives cos^2x – .5(1+cos(2x)).

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That formula is a nice trick, but in this case, it’s the input (x) being squared, not the output (cosx). Also, even if it were (cosx)^2, I wouldn’t be able to compute the cosine of 1.2 radians by hand

I like exactness and proofs and writing QED, and find that I consider mistake-ridden work worthless, so in that sense I’m a mathematician. But I’m lazy, and will take an easy approximation any day, which is why I’m an engineer by trade. (Although I never relied too much on my graphing calculator, and never got the hang of the actual graphing or the more complex capabilities it offered.) I really enjoyed this post!

Well, I’m a Communications and Mass Media major who took mostly English classes, left without graduating to enter a Ph.D. program, left that shortly after, went on to a 30-year career as a computer programmer, and am now working as a professional ontologist. What does that make me?

I try my best, yes, though the full philological research program (to understand ancient cultures through their languages and literatures) is now too capacious for any one person to carry out. I should perhaps have mentioned that I spent my first undergraduate year as a physics major, and I remain a scientific American.

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As an aspiring economist, I dream of the day we might be taken seriously by anybody.

Great post! Your Newton and Leibniz are definitely not Bad Drawings. I’m curious if there is a word for what mathematicians might call a simplified representation of reality?

Mathematicians don’t care much about reality in the first place; they’re always working with abstractions and idealizations. So I think they just call it “mathematics”!

I have friends who like discussing quantum physics/reality and friends who are mathy.

Unfortunately, they are the same friend and I have to smack him on the forehead every few sentences to get him to stop using math analogies for everything as if they were Aesop’s Fables.

Must show this to my math-major boyfriend! It also reminds me of the time I tried to teach a group of nine-year-olds how to do proofs:
“But why can’t you just say it’s true?”
“Because I’m in high school.”
“What else do they teach you in high school?”
“Right – uh who wants to learn how to count in Spanish?”

I just read this aloud at an extended family dinner filled with mathematicians and computer scientists who are also the descendants of an accountant. There was much hilarity. 🙂

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Am in journalism, so am so not getting it, but that makes it news doesn’t it, hehehehe!

As a communications / public policy major who took maths and economics but likes to watch tv about physics and has friends in engineering, I have only just enough enough knowledge to appreciate this post!

I remember taking my first undergrad-level class in electrical after getting my physics degree. It took me forever to figure out how to do imaginary numbers on my seldom-used calculator. I still don’t know that I can graph things very well.

Yeah, graphing calculators are still my Achilles heel – something I really need to work on, for my students’ sake.

I remember walking up to my AP Calculus teacher the week before the test, saying, “How do you use this thing?” I don’t think I’d turned it on more than once or twice all year.

(And I never even THOUGHT about doing complex numbers on a graphing calculator! Although obviously they should have that capability.)

These days, if you can’t use a graphing calculator, then you are sunk on the AP test. For example — what if they ask you to integrate cos(x^2) from, say, 0 to 0.6? ? Some calculators can do it, but for all intents and purposes you can’t do it by hand at all.! And that was on the 2013 AP calc BC test.

Yeah, I always made sure to cover the really essential stuff with my students. (Graph equations; find roots; compute definite integrals.) But I know there’s tons of untapped power I wasn’t telling them about.

Of course you can do it by hand. The half-angle formula gives cos^2x – .5(1+cos(2x)).

That formula is a nice trick, but in this case, it’s the input (x) being squared, not the output (cosx). Also, even if it were (cosx)^2, I wouldn’t be able to compute the cosine of 1.2 radians by hand

Typo: should be Leibniz.

Yikes! Will fix.

This was excellent and terribly funny 😀 and I love that you included us unemployed English majors haha

I like exactness and proofs and writing QED, and find that I consider mistake-ridden work worthless, so in that sense I’m a mathematician. But I’m lazy, and will take an easy approximation any day, which is why I’m an engineer by trade. (Although I never relied too much on my graphing calculator, and never got the hang of the actual graphing or the more complex capabilities it offered.) I really enjoyed this post!

Well, I’m a Communications and Mass Media major who took mostly English classes, left without graduating to enter a Ph.D. program, left that shortly after, went on to a 30-year career as a computer programmer, and am now working as a professional ontologist. What does that make me?

Annoyingly difficult to stereotype?

Do you recapitulate philology?

I try my best, yes, though the full philological research program (to understand ancient cultures through their languages and literatures) is now too capacious for any one person to carry out. I should perhaps have mentioned that I spent my first undergraduate year as a physics major, and I remain a scientific American.

As an aspiring economist, I dream of the day we might be taken seriously by anybody.

Great post! Your Newton and Leibniz are definitely not Bad Drawings. I’m curious if there is a word for what mathematicians might call a simplified representation of reality?

Mathematicians don’t care much about reality in the first place; they’re always working with abstractions and idealizations. So I think they just call it “mathematics”!

As a Physicist student, i disagree with the calculus one. Leibniz is for Physics, Cauchy for Matematics!

As a math major, I like to switch the letters and Cettle Satan.

Great illusions causes great fluctuations in the stratosphere. In other words hot air rises.

Hysterical.

I have friends who like discussing quantum physics/reality and friends who are mathy.

Unfortunately, they are the same friend and I have to smack him on the forehead every few sentences to get him to stop using math analogies for everything as if they were Aesop’s Fables.

PS: The bartender says, “We don’t serve your kind here.”

A tachyon walks into a bar.

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MATHeng

this is funny!!!!!!!!!!!

creative and inspiring

Must show this to my math-major boyfriend! It also reminds me of the time I tried to teach a group of nine-year-olds how to do proofs:

“But why can’t you just say it’s true?”

“Because I’m in high school.”

“What else do they teach you in high school?”

“Right – uh who wants to learn how to count in Spanish?”

That went over so well I majored in it!

I have to share this with my physicist son! What a riot!

This is great!

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ok fix…..

best….is the best

I always enjoy reading your posts!

very nice post…

this is so hilarious to see and creative idea.. lol

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I just read this aloud at an extended family dinner filled with mathematicians and computer scientists who are also the descendants of an accountant. There was much hilarity. 🙂

nice one..

Couldn’t like this more.

A lot of this went over my pleb humanities-taking head, but it was good! I loved the burns on economics too – so true.

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I love the drawings much better than mine

O-/–(

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Very interesting Math jokes!

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Am in journalism, so am so not getting it, but that makes it news doesn’t it, hehehehe!

This made me laugh so much. My precious.

uum, things i like the most is the picture u draw up there 😀

really cool 😀

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This was cool 🙂

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This is hilarious! With those drawings you could consider becoming an artist. I love it.

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At Least We Can Agree On One Thing; Economists Are Daft. THE MATHEMATICAL DIALECT QUIZ.

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Ha ha. A great post!

As a communications / public policy major who took maths and economics but likes to watch tv about physics and has friends in engineering, I have only just enough enough knowledge to appreciate this post!

art is fine the quiz is sacked.

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life and math 😉

Laugh out loud funny. Great job.

Too Funny!!! I love the economist’s bit. Fantastic!

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This is a great and an enlightening post, especially for those who deal with Maths and Economics 🙂 Enjoy

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This was hilarious.