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Insane Steve

  • Professional Cynic
« Reply #300 on: February 03, 2013, 03:18:04 AM »
Grading papers over the weekend for overtime pay. One of the questions on the paper is:

"True or False: Given two numbers x and y, if x/y > 0, then x > 0 and y > 0. If this is false, explain why or give a counterexample."

This is actually missed pretty frequently. However, I grab a paper to grade today and the answer they gave was:

"False because nothing is greater than zero."

I lost, silently wept to myself, and ragequit the paper for the day. Like, how do I even correct this without being condescending? "Your answer is correct, but your reasoning is not correct. For example, 1 is greater than zero."

whyyyyyyy
~I.S.~

« Reply #301 on: February 03, 2013, 06:13:41 AM »
I wouldn't worry too much about it. That looks like standard I'm-guessing-and-thus-have-no-explanation-but-still-want-to-write-something-to-troll-the-teacher procedure.

« Reply #302 on: February 03, 2013, 06:43:38 PM »
Maybe he's referring to the philosophical concept of zero, being both empty but filled, albeit with nothing.

dude
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« Reply #303 on: February 04, 2013, 10:51:25 PM »
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« Reply #304 on: February 05, 2013, 12:20:22 AM »
@Insane Steve: I feel you there; I'm a grader for a stats class for math majors and every now and then things just about that stupid come up.

@equalsign: It was inevitable, I suppose.
If she is indeed genetically mutated such that she has an eye in the back of her head, then I guess that she is genetically mutated and has an eye in the back of her head.

« Reply #305 on: February 09, 2013, 04:22:03 AM »
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Insane Steve

  • Professional Cynic
« Reply #306 on: February 09, 2013, 02:25:24 PM »
On a related aside from my previous post, the fact that almost 2/3rds the population "fails" this test made me lose today.
~I.S.~

Suffix

  • Steamed
« Reply #307 on: February 09, 2013, 03:28:38 PM »
I passed it! But not for the right reason perhaps. I assumed that the less precise definition of statement 2 inherehently made it more likely than 4, rather than seeing that their definitions overlap.

« Reply #308 on: February 09, 2013, 04:36:21 PM »
I got too hung up on looking for a trick so I ended up guessing 1 > 2 > 3 > 4 and "passing".
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Luigison

  • Old Person™
« Reply #309 on: February 10, 2013, 05:29:11 PM »
“Evolution has shaped us with perceptions that allow us to survive. But part of that involves hiding from us the stuff we don’t need to know."

« Reply #310 on: February 11, 2013, 04:25:05 AM »
I lost.

You Cringe, You Lose

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSLx_ItMJEA" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSLx_ItMJEA</a>
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« Reply #311 on: February 11, 2013, 01:37:26 PM »
My brother showed me that a few days ago and I'm sad to say I watched the entire thing. And yes, I lost hard.
Luigison: Question everything!
Me: Why?

« Reply #312 on: February 11, 2013, 10:03:55 PM »
Language and whatnot.
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Insane Steve

  • Professional Cynic
« Reply #313 on: February 12, 2013, 04:31:03 PM »
Didn't lose until the "half as long as the universe" comment :|
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  • Steamed
« Reply #314 on: February 12, 2013, 04:59:45 PM »
Yeah, I think you can be forgiven for extrapolating that the Olympics has been going on uninterrupted for 3000 years. It's unimaginative, yes, but it reflects a lack of knowledge as opposed to bad knowledge.

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