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Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees = 0?

  1. Mar 20, 2012 #1
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  3. Mar 20, 2012 #2
    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    Why do you think your teacher gave "points off"?
     
  4. Mar 20, 2012 #3

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    You need to be more specific. What was the question?

    Maybe you were restricted to the values of [itex]-\pi/2[/itex] to [itex]\pi/2[/itex] for example.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2012 #4
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    I guess I should have given more information. It was a no-calculator test. The part I'm talking about you had to fill in the famous unit circle chart.
     
  6. Mar 20, 2012 #5

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    Then perhaps you were expected to say [itex]tan(\pi)= tan(2\pi)= 0[/itex] rather than using degrees.
     
  7. Mar 20, 2012 #6
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  8. Mar 20, 2012 #7

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    Your instructor probably dinged you for writing ∅ (empty set) instead of 0. He or she might have been confused because you write ∅ in some places and 0 in others, without consistency.
     
  9. Mar 20, 2012 #8

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    However, he/she did not take points off for that same answer for [itex]\theta= 0[/itex]. I'm confused!
     
  10. Mar 20, 2012 #9
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    Could be speed marking and the teacher overlooked it.Having had another look it seems as if he/she deducted four marks(-1 and -3)
     
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  11. Mar 20, 2012 #10
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    No, it was only -1. There was also a -2 higher up on the page.
     
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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    Why don't you ask her why she removed the marks? :wink:
     
  13. Mar 20, 2012 #12
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    Oh I plan to...:mad:
     
  14. Mar 20, 2012 #13
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    I'm pretty sure it's what Mark44 said and she probably won't change her mind but it's always worth asking :smile:
     
  15. Mar 21, 2012 #14

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    I doubt that's the case, because for one, she wasn't consistent in dragging down marks for each time he wrote the empty set, also, it's sometimes common practice to write zero with the slanted line through it to denote that it is in fact zero as opposed to the letter O. And finally, if he's answering simple trig questions, I doubt they've learnt about sets yet.
     
  16. Mar 22, 2012 #15

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    I think I, too, would have deducted marks, as it appears you changed a 1 to a 0, or a 0 to a 1, and it's not clear what your final answer is supposed to be. Or else you are hedging your bets and hoping to be given the benefit of the doubt whatever the correct answer may be. :tongue:
     
  17. Mar 22, 2012 #16
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    What are you talking about? Where did I change a one to a zero?
     
  18. Mar 22, 2012 #17

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    You crossed zero can be interpreted as you changed 1 to 0 (or vice versa). Doesn't mean you did, but it is not necessarily obvious you didn't.
     
  19. Mar 22, 2012 #18

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    Nobody said you did; they just said it looked like you might have, and that is probably why marks were taken off. (A 0 with a line through it *might* be interpreted as a zero crossed out, rather than a zero.)

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  20. Mar 23, 2012 #19

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    Re: Why did my teacher give points off for saying the tangent of 180 and 360 degrees

    Why did you write 0 in some place and [itex]\emptyset[/itex] in other places??
     
  21. Mar 23, 2012 #20
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    No reason. I always put a slash through my zeros but just forgot here for some reason.
     
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