1. ### benorin

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So here it is: prove that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}\frac{\sin x}{n}=6$$

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] .

2. ### dx

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I dont get the joke.. Im a calculus student.

3. ### amcavoy

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You divide the sin(x) by n to get six = 6. Wow, that is a new low for math jokes lol.

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5. ### shmoe

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One of my favorites, find:

$$\int\frac{1}{cabin}d(cabin)$$

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

$$\frac{12+144+20+3\sqrt{4}}{7}+5\times 11=9^2+0$$

Last edited: Nov 16, 2005

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Houseboat! :rofl:

7. ### amcavoy

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Help me out here shmoe.

$$\int\frac{d\left(\text{cabin}\right)}{\text{cabin}}=\ln{\left(\text{cabin}\right)}$$

8. ### shmoe

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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.

9. ### amcavoy

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Nice, I like that one.

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

11. ### amcavoy

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Keep 'em coming :rofl:

12. ### pi-r8

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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!"

13. ### bomba923

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**Warning: this may sound inappropriate, and uses suggestive language !!

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

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

(:rofl: High school humor )

14. ### fourier jr

ummmm not sure how that integral makes a houseboat. i get the log cabin part though.

here's my favourite math joke:

$$\lim_{8\rightarrow9} \sqrt{8} = 3$$

15. ### kreil

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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

16. ### kreil

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simplify the expression:

$$(\frac{1}{m^{-1}})(e^1)(r^2)(\sqrt{y^2})(\frac{d}{dx}\frac{x^2}{2})(\frac{force}{acceleration})$$

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.

18. ### amcavoy

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Merry Christmas!

19. ### quasar987

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Wow, nice apmcavoy!

20. ### benorin

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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.