Thursday, April 06, 2006

My concern with too many law students and basic math

2 comments:

Scott Lahti said...

x= 5cm, viz.:

a-squared + b-squared = c-squared, where a and b are the sides of a right triangle and c the hypotenuse; see this "Puzzler" column

http://tinyurl.com/pqwk5

from Tom and Ray of "Car Talk" on National Public Radio, the Will Shortzes of the mechanics' guild...

Boy, taking the GRE back in '88 must have kept me in practice somehow, though I had to think back a bit toward the Pythagorean Theorem: my last math class ended with college-freshman calculus back in fall 1980.

Scott Lahti said...

Oh, I get it now: the phrase "here it is" was the response of a student who thought he "got it" - I had taken it for the amplifying cue of the professor!

Dunce cap time, and not just for the clueless student depicted: I got the math in time, but not the joke...