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Clues that you probably aren’t doing your Real Analysis homework correctly

1. You include the phrase “If we stop and think about this abstractly for a minute.” 2. You invent new verbs you feel need to be encased in quotation marks, e.g. The set A is “functioned” to the set B. … Continue reading

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See you later, alligator

Perhaps you’ve heard about the infamous “crocodile problem” from the Scottish “Higher Maths Exam” (which I gather is something like the AP Exam, but administered in a delightful brogue). It’s a basic optimization problem that nevertheless stumped so many test … Continue reading

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Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz is vying to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. You may know Chaffetz as the dude who chaired the Congressional Oversight Hearing on Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donations that turned up absolutely no … Continue reading

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Pi filling

In deference to the recent Super Pi Day, in 2010 the students and teachers of Southern California’s Salem Lutheran Church built an enormous globe out of paper mache. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this makes it both … Continue reading

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(I've Had) The Spline of My Life

A student in my office was complaining about the 2015 version of SolidWorks and, in particular, about the new version’s tendency to place the origin of any 2D (or 3D) object in the lower corner, so that the entire object … Continue reading

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