Category Archives: Undergrad. Adv. Math.
There are occasions when a completely explicable linguistic slip unfortunately creates an image that overpowers everything around it. Here’s a specimen from the latest batch of Newtonian mechanics assignments to land on my desk: Due to the momentum of conservation… … Continue reading
Here’s a further undergraduate contribution to the theory of quadratic equations, taken from my most recent plague of marking. The context is a final-year exam; notation has been changed to protect the guilty, but not enough to affect the difficulty … Continue reading
So, a student comes to you asking to do a project on the applications of Laplace transforms, and under gentle cross-examination turns out to have very little idea what a Laplace transform is or what it’s for.
Here’s some further evidence, as if it were needed, that the disproportionate effort devoted in schools to coaching students to solve quadratic equations is largely wasted. The following were recently presented, independently and apparently in all seriousness, by two students … Continue reading
The following should probably have pen-and-ink illustrations in the style of Struwwelpeter, but for now readers will just have to imagine them.