It would be more fun to define a competing standard where "big" is small and "small" is big.mscha wrote:But feel free to declare a competing standard where ¹ is small and ² is big.
Well put. However...charlie_grumbles wrote:There is a lesson here for teachers. Your job is NOT to teach what you know. As proved above, a lot of what you (actually I) know is useless garbage. Your job is to teach them what they need to know.
That would be a shortsighted view of what a valuable use of student's time is. A slide rule is visceral. It requires more of the student's brain, and also allows actual interaction with the concepts being used (which a calculator does not). This leads to a deeper understanding of the math (multplication, logarithms, and exponents in this case, but the principle is the same). That is most certainly not a waste of the student's time.then charlie_grumbles goes on, having wrote:...We don't teach how to use slide rules anymore as that would be a waste of the student's time...
Of course, once the student has gained the understanding that the slide rule helps to develop, it can be supplanted. But skipping that step risks glossing over something fundamentally important.
The object of education, fundamentally, isn't to "get the right answer" or to "make more money" or to "get a better job". It is to "enable yourself to enjoy life to the fullest", and that comes from a deep understanding of all life has to offer. Students need to know that.
They short circuit it at their peril.
No, not just until the next one. You keep your name CasCat, and gain the title BlitzGirl the Next, keeping that title for all Time and for all of time. You are joining very honored ranks.CasCat wrote:C^ha^hs^hC^ha^ht^h BlitzGirl the Next (until the next one....)
Yes and no.lmjb1964 wrote:@richP, ucim and mscha: Do you generally have a standard way of creating generalized standards?
No objections. We appreciate and enjoy all you do, but hope it always remains fun for you, and feasible too.Kieryn wrote:I kind of have no time to do much in terms of new features/improvements at the moment. The data update takes me around 0.3-0.5np and I only get about 0.5-0.7np per dix to work on this stuff at all. I'm thinking of temporarily reducing my data updates from dix to wix for the short term so I can focus on automation/improvements/new stuff. Would anyone have any serious objection to this?
I think you just won the thread. Game, set, and match.mathrec quoted Randall Munroe as having wrote::
To explain, let’s consider one more scenario. Namely, what if this change were made on our Earth, over a fairly short time?
We’re assuming that all the material is magically shifted around, so there are no massive tsunamis or earthquakes. Even so, it would definitely still be a catastrophe. For starters, the ice caps would melt long before new ones could develop, pushing the ocean up by a few hundred feet.