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Teacher, this is stupid stuff

  1. Jan 16, 2007 #1
    I'm wasting paper today because I have to throw away the homework which has scribbled-in curses, rants, insults to the grader, etc. Does anyone else have this problem? "This problem is useless." "This is obvious. Why do I have to write this out?" "Only a moron would use this notation." &c.

    Yeah. :devil:
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  3. Jan 16, 2007 #2

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    I am confused. Your returned paper contains harsh critcisms from the teacher to the grader?
  4. Jan 16, 2007 #3
    Next time, dont sign up for 100 level courses.
  5. Jan 17, 2007 #4
    I think those are his comments about the usefullness of the assignment.
  6. Jan 17, 2007 #5
    It's comments I'm writing earnestedly on the homework I'm doing, then having to scrap after my blood pressure comes down. Yeah.

    I've actually experienced a complete mood shift; I've consumed so much coffee I'm now dancing around and loudly singing praises to the transfer matrices of optical stacks. Naked too. I'm enjoying this too much...
  7. Jan 17, 2007 #6
    Kindly sir, this is the 2nd semester of a graduate-level E&M course. It's not supposed to be two stupid pages of high school trig, which is why I'm outraged.
  8. Jan 17, 2007 #7
    It is what it is, what can you do about it?
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    Rach, sounds like you're just a tad too indulgent generally. Might want to reassess your priorities...
  10. Jan 17, 2007 #9


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    I use high school trig every day in my research.

    Don't diss the basics!
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    I sympathize. Same thing with C++.

    Write a program that adds up all the numbers from 1 to 100,000.

    sum=(number^2 + number)/2

    That's a pretty easy program, yet I got a major markdown because I failed to use a loop. How fair is that? Isn't part of learning how to use loops knowing when using a loop would be silly?

    That's okay. I was able to make it up by writing a decent program that found square roots using Newton's method (yeah, that's just as silly since there's a C++ command for square roots, but, hey.....)
  12. Mar 16, 2007 #11
    Then stop scribbling irrelevent comments on your homework....if you don't intend to submit the hw with the comments then why do you write them?
  13. Mar 16, 2007 #12
    Hmm, where has Rach been?
  14. Mar 16, 2007 #13
    Hes in australia or something.
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    Sounds fair, to be honest.
    Clearly the point of the assignment was to use a loop. I mean you weren't adding all numbers from 1 to 100,000, just evaluating an expression that has the same value.
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    What's the difference? :confused:
  17. Mar 17, 2007 #16
    Rach, that sums up every single class I've been in 9-12th grade. o_O
  18. Mar 17, 2007 #17


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    It sums up almost every class I've been expect for maybe 2, and I'm in 3rd at a university!
  19. Mar 17, 2007 #18


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    Hmm..so, trigonometry is trivial to you. That's fine.
    Unfortunately, trigonometry is difficult for many. That is not at all fine if you are to progress further with maths.
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    I don't see anything wrong with it other than it taking up your time. I guess it is impolite, but I don't think it should be a reason to lose credit.

    Yeah, really.

    But I spend a lot of paper like that too.
  21. Mar 18, 2007 #20


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    They clearly said "add up all the numbers" not "return the value of all the numbers added up." Clever answers don't always get high marks.
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