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Doing math while drunk

  1. May 10, 2013 #1
    Anyone tried it? How did you do?

    And this thread is only a half joke: Light intoxication increases creativity and makes the consumer relaxed. It might work? Maybe?
     
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  3. May 10, 2013 #2

    MarneMath

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    You're describing my entire undergraduate career.

    On a serious note, only time I recall doing so is after having a dinner party at my house. I was reviewing my planner and noticed that I overlooked a homework problem. That was the hardest integral ever.
     
  4. May 10, 2013 #3

    dlgoff

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    I once had a friend from another university visit and we got kinda toasted. I had forgotten about a physics lab. Before starting the experiment, I went to the restroom for some beer relief and dropped my slide-rule in the toilet.
     
  5. May 10, 2013 #4

    Borek

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    Alcohol and math don't mix. Don't drink and derive.
     
  6. May 10, 2013 #5

    Ben Niehoff

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    I've done it. The results are always...interesting.
     
  7. May 10, 2013 #6

    WannabeNewton

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    ##F = mv## says the drunk man
     
  8. May 10, 2013 #7

    OmCheeto

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    I was a bit toasted the other day while doing some physics related math stuff.
    The solution I ended up with had me agreeing with Russ Waters.

    I may have to quit drinking.
     
  9. May 10, 2013 #8

    Integral

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    Did it work after the dunking?

    Careful your age is showing!
     
  10. May 10, 2013 #9
    I don't drink anymore, but when I was in high school (and too young to drink, don't do this kids) I used to do algebra drunk, and it was always easier for me. But I think it's because of my ADD, and it sort of quieted something down a bit and helped me concentrate.

    Now I do yoga and meditation and other wholesome crap like that.

    -Dave K
     
  11. May 10, 2013 #10
    Bad ar good it will make you dependent and you may feel unable to solve hard problems without drinking.

    I don't drink though so this statement lacks of experimental (personal experience) comprovation.
     
  12. May 10, 2013 #11
    this is disappointing. How about drugs? :-p I heard at medicine school they all take ritalin or something before doing major studying sessions.
     
  13. May 10, 2013 #12

    jim hardy

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    One beer absolutely destroyed my accuracy. It gave false confidence and I blew right past silly algebra mistakes. Next day i'd look at it and get really PO'd about the time wasted.



    Yes, some of us remember that Paul McCArtney was in a group before 'Wings'.
     
  14. May 10, 2013 #13

    George Jones

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    ... and thus invented floating point arithmetic.

    The Quarrymen?
     
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  15. May 10, 2013 #14

    arildno

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    Geez..my grandpa had one of those. He was born in..1896.
     
  16. May 10, 2013 #15
    I can't even add two numbers together when I'm drunk. However, sometimes the songs I write are better than the ones I write sober. I think alcohol specifically targets the left brain for shutdown, while perhaps mildy "liberating" the right brain, at least in small doses.:tongue:
     
  17. May 10, 2013 #16
    Funny, when I'm drunk and bored at a party I start going over math stuff I struggle with. Works like a charm for me.

    I seriously need to get half-drunk and do math, some day after the exam period.
     
  18. May 10, 2013 #17

    lisab

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    :biggrin:
     
  19. May 10, 2013 #18

    dlgoff

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    I still have it/them.

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    It, the small one, worked fine but operators input was in question. Physics I Lab, trajectory, using springs with large constants to launch steel ball bearing projectiles (~1 inch diam.) off the lab bench. I think I hit the target once. Or was that my lab partner? :confused:

    Yep. That why I bought the large one. It was like going from 8 bit to 32 bit arithmetic. :!!)
     
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  20. May 10, 2013 #19

    dlgoff

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    Ever hear the saying, "I'm your daddy"?
     
  21. May 11, 2013 #20

    arildno

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    The large one looks a lot like the German one I have after my granddad (He studied engineering in post WWI Germany)
     
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