Stupid math question of the day

What is it with people who can’t do long division? This person wants to know what 92/3 is. The ironic thing is that since he used a computer to post this question, pretty much all computers have a calculator…

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Stupid math question of the day

Aren’t you supposed to know how to do long division, particularly something simple like 2100/600 without using a calculator by the time you are old enough to go web surfing?

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Pet peeve – people who do nothing except badmouth McCain or Obama

I spend a lot of time on the social networking services Twitter and Plurk. I don’t mind people who occasionally talk about McCain vs Obama, but I am getting really annoyed with people who do nothing except badmouth McCain or Obama (mostly McCain.) I am definitely voting for Obama, but this is way too much for me. Fortunately, Plurk allows you to mute threads (so you don’t see any updates), but I’m not sure how to mute these people in Twitter.

The funny thing is that I just commented in Robin Easton’s latest blog entry (see the comment made 10/20/08 at 7:21 pm) that I might stop blogging about my pet peeves.  Well, that lasted a whole 3 hours!

If I do that, I might as well also stop blogging about stupid math questions (which I really haven’t done much of lately). However, there’s no way I am going to stop blogging about idiots! You’ll have to pry the keyboard from my cold, dead fingers… On the other hand, maybe blowing off steam is good for my emotional health. Yeah, I’ll probably continue to post random stuff, but hopefully I can reduce the number of posts on these topics.

If you have actually read the whole post up to here, congratulations! You are probably the first person (other than myself) to read this whole post. As a prize, you can have some of my candy made with milk powder in China!

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Stupid math question of the day

I hope this person is reading ahead of what his class is doing. Otherwise, if the teacher has covered the subject of volume, how could anyone not understand how to calculate the volume of a cube (or for that matter, how to google “volume of cube”)?

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Stupid math question of the day

Someone is asking how to solve 6x -2 = 7. As this person has asked 6 similar questions in the last 3 days, this person clearly hasn’t made much of an effort to understand the material.

Explanation on my thinking on “Stupid math questions” posts

I finally really annoyed someone with my post on why students ask so many stupid questions on the Internet. (See today’s comment.) I’m surprised it took this long for someone to be really annoyed by my posts on stupid math questions (though there was someone who was less annoyed than this guy by one of my previous posts on stupid math questions.)

My problem is not that they are asking for help on the Internet, but:

1) They never specify what they’ve done so far, leading me to believe that they haven’t even tried the problems yet. This is what annoys  me the most  about these questions.

2) They don’t ask how to start the problems, but rather how to do the problems. They frequently also ask for step by step solutions.

3) They often ask for solutions on several other similar problems (which i don’t bother posting), leading me to believe that they just want someone to do their homework cheat for them.

Stupid math question of the day

Someone is asking how to factor out -50. This is presumably homework, and the topic is factoring numbers. How hard can it be to grasp the concept that factoring out a number means finding breaking it down into prime numbers (which in this case, -50 =  -2*5*5)?