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It began as a joke, and a rather sarcastic one at that. As it turns out, the summer school students prefer problems like this over x-y variable algebra.

Can you simplify this expression? (Answers tomorrow!)



Quick verbal translation:

(The quotient of two-Patrick-Teletubby over three sailboats divided by sailboat-Teletubby over three Patricks) times sailboat over Patrick-heart-Teletubby.

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lilrongal
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
I hate math.
davidd
Jul. 14th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
Even Teletubby-Spongebob math?
kuriimupan
Jul. 14th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
How about:
six Patrick
-----------
3 teletubby sailboat heart ?

(unless I'm missing something . . .)
kuriimupan
Jul. 14th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
NO! WAIT!
How about:
2 Patrick
-----------
teletubby sailboat heart ?

I knew I was missing something . . .
davidd
Jul. 14th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: NO! WAIT!
Once again, you demonstrate your BRILLIANCE! In fact, you're so brilliant, you made the same error I did! My first solution was with six over three. Then, with a nudge from a student, I realized....

Almost everyone who is able to find the solution comes to the six over three answer. Few carry the simplification to the final step, 2 Patrick over teletubby sailboat heart.

Nicely done!
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