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September 18th, 2002
09:23 am


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So, we were supposed to look at this list of . . . umm . . . I guess you'd call them standards, and we were supposed to come up with a list of comments and questions for the company that come up with this list (a sister company under Houghton Mifflin, not that that makes any difference to this story). Anyway, these are math-content things. So, my co-worker comes up with a list of things she says "have the same meaning". I'm sure I'll find a lot more stupidities (I'm just starting in on her list), but here's one.

She claims that the following have the same meaning:
Use Symbols to Solve Equations
Use Equations to Solve Problems

Umm, what? Hello? I think I need to go read some more of that cow-orker log to convince myself that some people have it worse than I.

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Date:September 18th, 2002 10:01 am (UTC)

Just to be evil . . .

Well, equations are problems, in one sense of the word:

Math Teacher: Do these 10 problems. ->could mean "Do these 10 equations."

And, well (bear with me, this is a bit of a stretch), equations are also symbols showing relationships, right?

Not that I imagine she put a great deal of thought/reasoning into why those two statements are equivalent.
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Date:September 18th, 2002 11:35 am (UTC)

Re: Just to be evil . . .

I don't think you would interpret "problems" to mean "equations" in the same phrase where you also use "equations".

"Use Equations to Solve Equations"
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Date:September 18th, 2002 12:22 pm (UTC)

"Use Equations to Solve Equations"

Exactly :) Makes perfect sense, no? (Also sounds like some sort of sick, upper-level proof that that leaves mental scars forever on those who come into contact with it. *twitch*)
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