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## May 25, 2005

### Hypotemoose

Math is interesting because it's behind just about everything we do. And I've been thinking more about this lately with my college algebra course at WCCC (mostly because the class is four days each week...).

I look at a piece of paper and I think about how many lines there are, how long it is, how wide it is, the area it takes up, its weight... it's not just a piece of paper anymore, it's a mathematical nightmare.

The polynomials thing isn't as hard as I remembered. Seriously. I can factor these babies with less thought than spelling ostentatious.

Evidently I still have some problems with arithmetic, though, because the only points I missed on my quiz from last Thursday were on the two arithmetic problems--but I did get an A :-)

And then there's the Pythagorean theorem. Yeah, I get this one. The sum of the squares of the two legs of a triangle equal the square of the hypotemoose. I mean hypoteneuse...

Posted by KarissaKilgore at May 25, 2005 11:17 AM

### Comments

Now that's cute. :D

**Posted by:** Amanda at May 25, 2005 7:09 PM

What's a bird that doesn't eat?

A polynomial.

(Polly-no-meal.)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! YES!

**Posted by:** Mike Rubino at May 25, 2005 7:19 PM

Hahahaha! Nice one, Mike :-) Thanks for another distraction to make me smile stupidly in math class...

Glad you like my "math is fun" attempt, Amanda.

**Posted by:** Karissa at May 25, 2005 8:26 PM

And when Noah let the animals out of the ark, he said, "Go forth and multiply."

Two snakes hung around, looking dejected. Noah asked them what the problem was.

"We're adders," they said.

And Noah cut down a tree, and busied himself with his saw and axe.

"Behold," he said, "I have made a table of logs. Now you adders can multiply."

Bwaa hah haah!

I love that joke.

**Posted by:** Dennis G. Jerz at May 25, 2005 10:00 PM

Holy cow, that one is off the wall... I wasn't sure where you were going with that! Good one :-)

Anyway, at least my math class is going well... It's all review, but we're moving slower than anticipated. Our first test is next Thursday (in week 3 of 6--3/6 = 1/2 => half way finished!). Although we may not cover all the material, I don't think I'll complain.

The problem we did with complex fractions today took 20 minutes and the whole time all I could think was "I am an English major. I am an English major. Don't do anything drastic, just be glad you have English to return to..." Something like that to grasp sanity.

**Posted by:** Karissa at May 25, 2005 10:04 PM

Three indian squaws are sitting around the campfire bragging about their sons. First squaw says: "My son is a very good hunter" and she points to the bear skin on her teepee. Second squaw says: "My son is also a very good hunter" and she points to the buffalo skin on her teepee. Third squaw says: "I myself are as good a hunter as your two sons put together" and to prove it she points to a hippopotamus skin on her teepee.

Moral of the story: the squaw of the hippopotamus hide is equal to the sons of the squaws of the other two hides.

**Posted by:** Paige at May 26, 2005 8:03 PM

Paige, that is incredible.

**Posted by:** Emily at December 3, 2006 4:42 PM