Gut Rumbles

June 23, 2006

i don't do math

... but I still got eight out of ten correct on this test. I guess I'm not completely ignorant after all. Of course, it WAS only 8th grade math, but still... that's not TOO shabby for an English Major.

It would be nice to know which ones I got wrong.


I scored the same; I'm quite happy with that. I thought the exact same thing, I wish they would've told you which you got wrong. Oh well, it's "math", I'm not going to spend too much time worrying about it...

Posted by: Lisa W. on June 23, 2006 05:23 PM

Rob, there's only three types of people on this earth. Those that can do the math, and those that can't.

Posted by: Cappy on June 23, 2006 05:34 PM

10 out of 10. Not ad for a Social Studies teacher.b

Posted by: gahrie on June 23, 2006 05:37 PM

I got 10/10...Not to bad...

But I must admit I just got done taking trig for dummies in college...

Posted by: Steph on June 24, 2006 04:02 AM

10/10. In my head. In about a minute. Not bad for a Jarhead.

Posted by: Russ on June 24, 2006 07:30 AM

On that -7 question, all but the first choice is correct.

The definition of an integer is: "A member of the set of positive whole numbers (1, 2, 3, . . . ), negative whole numbers (1, 2, 3, . . . ), and zero (0)."

The definition of a whole number is: "Any of the set of numbers including zero and all negative and positive multiples of 1."

The definition of a Prime Number is: "A whole number not divisible without a remainder by any whole number other than itself and one."

As you can see, -7 fits all three of those catagories. The only choice it doesn't fit is "irrational number" which is: "Any real number that cannot be expressed as an integer or as a ratio between two integers." The square root of -1 (Also known as the j-operator in electronics) is an example of an irrational number.

So, that particular question only makes sense if you ask which answer -7 is NOT.

Whoever made up the test shouldn't be teaching 8th grade math.


Posted by: Roy on June 25, 2006 05:16 PM

Oh - I got 10/10 only because I guessed "irrational" as the answer because it was the first correct choice on the list.

Posted by: Roy on June 25, 2006 05:18 PM

Oops - I meant to type "integer" in the above.

Posted by: Roy on June 25, 2006 05:20 PM
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