## Friday, January 29, 2010

### Funny Mathematics Friday

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Okay, mathematics is usually something that will drive most people into a sense of humor failure. But for today's lesson let's try to apply some integer multiplication to reverse that outcome.

Perhaps the fun factor destroyer in Mathematics is the perpetual bouts of the "New Math". The "New Math" is always so complicated (thank goodness for calculators on mobile phones!).

And let's not forget all the fun of learning Algebra:

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But how about we spare a thought for the plight of those poor individuals that have to teach Math. This is wonderfully demonstrated in the following scene from the "Black Adder" series:

I guess things have just always been this way:

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It is not only the teachers struggling to teach. There are also fundamental flaws in the students' learning as demonstrated in this video:

We need to better understand the students' learning difficulties, so let us look at some more of their flawed answers:

Maybe we can blame this all on today's students using too many computers:

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Here is a marvelous video all about a young boys love of Trigonometry.

(So refreshing to see a young person so passionate about mathematics).

Maths Jokes from the Internet

What does the zero say to the the eight?

- Nice belt!

What is 2k + k?

- 3000!

Why do you rarely find mathematicians spending time at the beach?

- Because they have sine and cosine to get a tan and don't need the sun!

What do you get if you add two apples and three apples?

- A high school mathematics problem!

What is the difference between a Ph.D. in mathematics and a large pizza?

- A large pizza can feed a family of four.

How does a mathematician induce good behavior in her children?

- He says: "I've told you n times, I've told you n+1 times..."

A math professor, a native Texan, was asked by one of his students: "What is mathematics good for?"

- He replied: "This question makes me sick! If you show someone the Grand Canyon for the first time, and he asks you `What's it good for?' What would you do? Well, you kick that guy off the cliff!"

Three statisticians go hunting. When they see a rabbit, the first one shoots, missing it on the left. The second one shoots and misses it on the right.

The third one shouts: "We've hit it!"

A mathematician organizes a raffle in which the prize is an infinite amount of money paid over an infinite amount of time. Of course, with the promise of such a prize, his tickets sell like hot cake.

When the winning ticket is drawn, and the jubilant winner comes to claim his prize, the mathematician explains the mode of payment: "1 dollar now, 1/2 dollar next week, 1/3 dollar the week after that..."

How can you tell that a mathematician is extroverted?

- When talking to you, he looks at your shoes instead of at his.

The mother of already three is pregnant with her fourth child.

One evening, the eldest daughter says to her dad: "Do you know, daddy, what I've found out?"

"No."

"The new baby will be Chinese!"

"What?!"

"Yes. I've read in the paper that statistics shows that every fourth child born nowadays is Chinese..."

Why did the chicken cross the MÃ¶bius strip?

- To get to the other - errrr..ummm....errrr....

Did you know that Lumberjacks make great musicians because of their natural logarithms.

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So have a great weekend everybody, and be careful not to spoil it with too much Mathematics.

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