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Bad Math Jokes

  1. Nov 16, 2005 #1

    benorin

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    So here it is: prove that [tex]\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\frac{\sin x}{n}=6[/tex]

    Hint: algebra I students may not get the joke, but to them the proof comes easy.

    Okay, so let them flow... post 'em if you got 'em [jokes, that is] .
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2005 #2

    dx

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    I dont get the joke.. Im a calculus student.
     
  4. Nov 16, 2005 #3
    You divide the sin(x) by n to get six = 6. Wow, that is a new low for math jokes lol.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2005 #4

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    Q: Why do computer scientists always confuse Halloween and Christmas?

    A: Because 31 OCT(al) = 25 DEC(imal).
     
  6. Nov 16, 2005 #5

    shmoe

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    One of my favorites, find:

    [tex]\int\frac{1}{cabin}d(cabin)[/tex]


    This next one isn't a joke so much as it is a cute poem. What does it say?

    [tex]\frac{12+144+20+3\sqrt{4}}{7}+5\times 11=9^2+0[/tex]
     
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  7. Nov 16, 2005 #6

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    Houseboat! :rofl:
     
  8. Nov 16, 2005 #7
    Help me out here shmoe. :smile:

    [tex]\int\frac{d\left(\text{cabin}\right)}{\text{cabin}}=\ln{\left(\text{cabin}\right)}[/tex]
     
  9. Nov 16, 2005 #8

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    Well done. Out of a typical first year calculus class, usually one or two students will shout out "log cabin", causing much groaning in the classroom. I then get to proclaim "Close, it's actually a houseboat" and get confused stares. "You forgot the C!" prompts even louder groans, a double whammy.
     
  10. Nov 16, 2005 #9
    Nice, I like that one.
     
  11. Nov 16, 2005 #10

    shmoe

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    I'll put the poem in white below, highlight to see clearly:


    A dozen, a gross, and a score,
    Plues three times the square root of four,
    Divided by seven,
    Plues five times eleven,
    Is nine squared, and not a bit more
     
  12. Nov 16, 2005 #11
    Keep 'em coming :rofl:
     
  13. Nov 16, 2005 #12
    Here's one I made up
    Q: How do you tell that a sailor used to be a mathematician?
    A: Instead of saying "aye aye, captain!", he says "negative one, captain!"
     
  14. Nov 16, 2005 #13
    **Warning: this may sound inappropriate, and uses suggestive language !!

    Professor to aspiring female math student:
    *"HEY!! :eek: How would YOU like to integrate my natural log??"

    Female math student-->says: ":yuck:!"

    (:rofl: High school humor :rolleyes:)
     
  15. Nov 16, 2005 #14
    ummmm not sure how that integral makes a houseboat. i get the log cabin part though.

    here's my favourite math joke:

    [tex]\lim_{8\rightarrow9} \sqrt{8} = 3[/tex]
     
  16. Nov 16, 2005 #15

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    Q: What is the difference between a mathematician and a computer scientist?

    A: A mathematician and a computer scientist work side by side in the basement of a building. Every day, they go up to the second floor at 10am for coffee. One day at 10am, they are both on the first floor and leave to get their coffee. The computer scientist hops in the elevator and goes to the second floor for his coffee. The mathematician, however, gets in the elevator, goes to the basement to reduce the problem to a problem with a known solution, and then goes to the second floor for his coffee.

    josh
     
  17. Nov 16, 2005 #16

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    simplify the expression:

    [tex](\frac{1}{m^{-1}})(e^1)(r^2)(\sqrt{y^2})(\frac{d}{dx}\frac{x^2}{2})(\frac{force}{acceleration})[/tex]
     
  18. Nov 16, 2005 #17

    shmoe

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    A log cabin + sea (C) = a houseboat

    It is indeed a terrible joke.


    This is supposedly elementary school humour but I only heard it recently (I'm not in elementary school anymore, but my sense of humour is):

    Q: Why was six afraid of seven?
    A: Because seven ate nine.
     
  19. Nov 16, 2005 #18
    Merry Christmas!
     
  20. Nov 16, 2005 #19

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    Wow, nice apmcavoy!
     
  21. Nov 16, 2005 #20

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    Much like the ski lodge full of girls hunting for husbands and husbands hunting for girls, things aren't always quite as symmetric as they seem. --[I don't remember]

    Now when Heisenberg noticed that, he was really scared. --Paul Dirac, Quoted in D MacHale, Comic Sections (Dublin 1993)

    ...it would be better for the true physics if there were no mathematicians on earth. -- Daniel Bernoulli, Quoted in The Mathematical Intelligencer 13 (1991).

    [Upon losing the use of his right eye:] Now I will have less distraction. --Leonhard Euler, Quoted in H Eves In Mathematical Circles (Boston 1969).

    I recall once saying that when I had given the same lecture several times I couldn't help feeling that they really ought to know it by now. --John E Littlewood, A Mathematician's Miscellany, 1953.
     
  22. Nov 16, 2005 #21

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    let epsilon be < 0...
     
  23. Nov 16, 2005 #22

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    What's an anagram of Banach-Tarski?

    Banach-Tarski Banach-Tarski
     
  24. Nov 16, 2005 #23

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    That is my fav, provided "they" means "his students".

    I've seen Dirac's quote on several occasions but I don't understand what's funny with it. :grumpy:

    Here's one that's pretty funnny nowdays:

    "To divide a cube into two other cubes, a fourth power or in general any power whatever into two powers of the same denomination above the second is impossible, and I have assuredly found an admirable proof of this, but the margin is too narrow to contain it. -- Fermat, in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica"

    Another:

    "Napier's logarithms, by shortening the labours, doubled the life of the astronomer." --Laplace

    and another...

    "In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite." --Dirac
     
  25. Nov 16, 2005 #24

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    Love and Tensor Algebra

    Come, let us hasten to a higher plane
    Where dyads tread the fairy fields of Venn,
    Their indices bedecked from one to n
    Commingled in an endless Markov chain!

    Come, every frustrum longs to be a cone
    And every vector dreams of matrices.
    Hark to the gentle gradient of the breeze:
    It whispers of a more ergodic zone.

    In Riemann, Hilbert or in Banach space
    Let superscripts and subscripts go their ways.
    Our asymptotes no longer out of phase,
    We shall encounter, counting, face to face.

    I'll grant thee random access to my heart,
    Thou'lt tell me all the constants of thy love;
    And so we two shall all love's lemmas prove,
    And in our bound partition never part.

    For what did Cauchy know, or Christoffel,
    Or Fourier, or any Bools or Euler,
    Wielding their compasses, their pens and rulers,
    Of thy supernal sinusoidal spell?

    Cancel me not - for what then shall remain?
    Abscissas some mantissas, modules, modes,
    A root or two, a torus and a node:
    The inverse of my verse, a null domain.

    Ellipse of bliss, converge, O lips divine!
    the product o four scalars is defines!
    Cyberiad draws nigh, and the skew mind
    Cuts capers like a happy haversine.

    I see the eigenvalue in thine eye,
    I hear the tender tensor in thy sigh.
    Bernoulli would have been content to die,
    Had he but known such a^2 cos 2 phi!


    --from "The Cyberiad" by Stanislaw Lem
     
  26. Nov 16, 2005 #25
    Complex variables are always fun until someone loses an [itex]i[/itex].
     
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