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by mdyrud
Thu May 14, 2009 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Homeschooling
Replies: 144
Views: 20686

Re: Homeschooling

Out of personal experience, I think that it is a good idea to let a kid decide if they want to go into the public schools. I was homeschooled all the way up to eighth grade, but switched to the public schools as a freshman. One of the main reasons was for socialization. Their was a pretty good sized...
by mdyrud
Thu May 14, 2009 1:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!
Replies: 20
Views: 2513

Re: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!

Sorry for not clarifying. All that it said was that certain sections were awful. For the works cited for instance, at the top of the page the grader wrote that it was filled with errors, but didn't actually mark any of those errors. So no, it was not constructive criticism at all.
by mdyrud
Wed May 13, 2009 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!
Replies: 20
Views: 2513

Re: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!

I agree with you for the most part. Often, schools do pamper students way too much. There is a point though where you can be too harsh. I have seen rough drafts of papers come back from one teacher that in essence said "This sucks, redo the whole thing". I realized that the papers were bad...
by mdyrud
Mon May 11, 2009 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 89084

Re: High School Pranks

Our principal is kind of crazy. He will often make up stories to support whatever side he supports in an issue. Apparently, he realized that parents aren't going to ground their son for sending computers to a harmless site that he made, so he added a little something to spice things up. Luckily, my ...
by mdyrud
Mon May 11, 2009 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: High School Pranks
Replies: 684
Views: 89084

Re: High School Pranks

For a senior prank one of my friends DNS spoofed all of the computers in the media center and sent them to a site that he set up saying "Senior Prank" with a smiley face. He got a mixed reaction from the administration. The main tech guy loved it and asked how exactly he did it. The princi...
by mdyrud
Mon May 04, 2009 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Class rank?
Replies: 113
Views: 11104

Re: Class rank?

I am currently #2 of around 150+. It doesn't really matter at my school. After all of your grades are in after your senior year they manually change everyone who has a 4.0 or higher to rank one, and all of those people have the option of speaking at graduation. The number one person right now is a g...
by mdyrud
Mon May 04, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 488346

Re: Favorite math jokes

.3 does not equal .33333333333333333333333333333333..., but 1/3 does.
.9 does not equal 1, but .999999... does.
Even then, I can't see any way in which that joke makes sense.
by mdyrud
Sun May 03, 2009 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with a Math Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 1716

Re: Help with a Math Problem

I am going to have to say that Yakk's answer is the best, not just for this problem, but for the entire internet.
by mdyrud
Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Almighty Tim Tang Test
Replies: 4
Views: 2079

Re: The Almighty Tim Tang Test

My life has been destroyed. You have created an addict. I hope you are pleased with yourself.
by mdyrud
Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the square root of -i?
Replies: 31
Views: 4123

Re: What's the square root of -i?

Thanks to this thread, I was able to answer one of the bonus questions today in a math competition. While everyone else was blowing off the question, I knew what the square root of i was right off the top of my head. Thanks xkcd!
by mdyrud
Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math in Modern Music
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

Re: Math in Modern Music

One of my favorite songs would have to be this.
by mdyrud
Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pi Day
Replies: 49
Views: 6084

Re: Pi Day

Another interesting fact about tomorrow is that it will be Albert Einsteins 130th birthday, no matter which method you use to write the date.
by mdyrud
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pi Day
Replies: 49
Views: 6084

Pi Day

In case any of you didn't know, this Saturday (3-14) is Pi Day. At our school we have a teacher who goes all out. Because today was the last day of school before Pi Day, my Calc class went and sang pi related songs to the lower level math classes. He also brought in several different varieties of pi...
by mdyrud
Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 398965

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

One of the math teachers at our school was in a motorcycling accident. He was laying on the pavement with multiple broken bones while the EMT was cutting off his jeans to better deal with the problems. The teacher had the stereotypical white boxers with pink hearts on them. The EMT made a sarcastic ...
by mdyrud
Thu Mar 05, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Buttered Cat Paradox
Replies: 110
Views: 29080

Re: Buttered Cat Paradox

Curses, another shot at the Nobel down in flames. Oh well, when I get my other perpetual motion machine going it is mine for the taking. :D
by mdyrud
Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are the names of the smartest forums on the internet
Replies: 17
Views: 5342

Re: What are the names of the smartest forums on the internet

I think the forums at Art of Problem Solving are decent, especially if you have a tough math question you need answered.
by mdyrud
Mon Mar 02, 2009 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Buttered Cat Paradox
Replies: 110
Views: 29080

Re: Buttered Cat Paradox

Cats don't always land on their feet. They have quick reflexes that help with that, but its possible for them to land on they backs. Also if the cat lands on its feet the toast has not technically landed, therefore the toast is not landing butter side down. The way around this seeming paradox is to...
by mdyrud
Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculating Sine
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Calculating Sine

Recently a friend and I were discussing how a calculator is able to give you values of sine even when the angle measurement is goofy. Does anyone here know if there is a program built into them to find any value by using some sort of algorithm, or does the calculator just store lists of values of si...
by mdyrud
Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Problem Plzz help!!!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Science Problem Plzz help!!!!!

Wouldn't it just be 2 kilograms? The upper magnet is being repelled, but since it is equilibrium it is exerting a force of one kilogram on the lower magnet. That plus the one kilogram of the lower magnet makes 2 kilograms. QED. *Huddles in corner waiting for someone who actually knows what they are ...
by mdyrud
Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Quip
Replies: 16
Views: 3270

Re: Physics Quip

I heard the worst physics joke ever today and felt compelled to share it.
What does a quantum duck say?
Spoiler:
Quark quark quark.

I lol'd right in the middle of a knowledge bowl meet when a teammate told me.
by mdyrud
Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Graphing Calculator
Replies: 18
Views: 1896

Re: Graphing Calculator

If you are thinking about the TI-89 you should also take a look at the NSpire CAS. It is essentially the next generation of the 89 in the TI line. It can do everything that the 89 can, plus it has a screen with a pretty high resolution for a calculator. It is a beautiful thing.
by mdyrud
Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventions Originating in Controversy
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: Inventions Originating in Controversy

Sorry for the lack of information. I still am unsure as to what type of controversy I am going to look at, so all of those mentioned are just the sort of thing I was looking for. When I mentioned the space program, the main controversy surrounding that was that it would simply be a waste of money wi...
by mdyrud
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventions Originating in Controversy
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Inventions Originating in Controversy

For my Composition Class at school, we are beginning a research paper soon. My paper is going to be on inventions that came from somewhat controversial projects and I was wondering if you had any ideas for me to look into. Some of the things that I have thought of including are things that came abou...
by mdyrud
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.
Replies: 45
Views: 3792

Re: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.

I realize those would falsify the claims. What Behe was talking about was actual experiments that could be run.
by mdyrud
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.
Replies: 45
Views: 3792

Re: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.

His claim was mainly that no one has ever been able to show that a system is able to come about by chance without human intervention, which would prove that design is not needed. Out of curiosity, do you have any links to examples on how to falsify evolution?
by mdyrud
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.
Replies: 45
Views: 3792

Re: How to win an arguement with an anti-creationist.

This seems like a good to place to bring up this topic without beginning a new thread. I remember reading an interview with Michael Behe, a well known creationist. In it, he mentioned that creationism is a more scientifically valid theory than evolution, because Intelligent Design is falsifiable and...
by mdyrud
Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210421

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

One of the worst things I ever read was Ibsen's A Doll's House. Our teacher was super feminist, so every single thing that the guy said was taken as some sort of slur against women. She had us write a paper afterward discussing the ways in which the women were persecuted.
by mdyrud
Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?
Replies: 20
Views: 3262

Re: Recommended Books on Robotics & AI?

Michael Crichton's Prey was good, I thought, but i don't know how realistic it is.
by mdyrud
Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 70
Views: 218265

Re: Science Websites

Theodore Gray's Periodic Table is a pretty good site. They have lots of interesting tidbits for each of the different elements, including where it can be found. It also has pretty thorough technical data.
by mdyrud
Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18258

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

I agree on the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court call. I laughed like no other while reading Catch-22. Even though it's not exactly a book, A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift is probably the funniest thing I have ever read.
by mdyrud
Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!
Replies: 79
Views: 237145

Re: The "Dune" Thread -- Remember to wear your crysknife!

I loved Dune, but was rather confused by the next two. That was probably just because I was 10 at the time, so I should go back and reread them.
by mdyrud
Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Prepping for ACT/SAT
Replies: 38
Views: 2620

Re: Prepping for ACT/SAT

One of the biggest things in preparing is taking at least one practice test. It gives a good idea of what will be on the test and how long it will take you.
by mdyrud
Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:16 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teacher seeking student feedback on tests
Replies: 25
Views: 2672

Re: Teacher seeking student feedback on tests

5a is going to bother me for a while. Should it be "Inertia is a something that all objects have" or "Inertia is something all objects have." It has no bearing on the answer, but I know many of my friends would be thrown completely off track by that and miss the point of the ques...
by mdyrud
Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 719862

Re: Common Questions

Is it possible to actually reach absolute zero? I could have sworn that somewhere I read that that would violate some law of thermodynamics, but I can't for the life of me figure out where. I am right in believing this, or was I hallucinating?
by mdyrud
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Real super-powers
Replies: 49
Views: 4034

Re: Real super-powers

Would a Wolverine-like super fast healing power be possible?
by mdyrud
Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Physics]Light (it's speed and fun things to do with it...)
Replies: 27
Views: 3479

Re: [Physics]Light (it's speed and fun things to do with it...)

Didn't special relativity also rely heavily on the Lorentz transformations?
by mdyrud
Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with Square Roots (Particularly the division of)
Replies: 15
Views: 1888

Re: Help with Square Roots (Particularly the division of)

In regard to rationalizing a fraction with an irrational number in the denominator, my Precalculus teacher said that back before the miracle that is the TI calculator was around it was a necessity. It seems that slide rules were unable to handle radicals in the denominator.
by mdyrud
Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)
Replies: 154
Views: 21022

Re: The English Spoken Language: RIP (Examples)

Probably the worst example of this that I hear almost daily is when people speak of "borrowing" something to someone rather than loaning.
by mdyrud
Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullets developing speed after leaving muzzle?
Replies: 6
Views: 1627

Bullets developing speed after leaving muzzle?

I have a friend who is positive that a bullet has a higher velocity 2-5 feet after leaving the barrel than it does directly at the muzzle. I don't think this will work, but I am having trouble explaining why. Is it somehow related to Newton's 2nd law? Any help (including sites to show him) would be ...
by mdyrud
Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 398965

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Our crazy math teacher is a fountain of quotes.
-Cease this insolent noise.
-FOIL is a four letter word in this class

The best was his rant when a student called his classroom phone from a corner of the room and asked if he could go to the bathroom. The student was forcibly ejected from the room.

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