tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post9002684101903843629..comments2021-07-31T14:21:26.754-04:00Comments on SleuthSayers: Puzzles, Part 1Leigh Lundinhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/07921276795499571578noreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-40443557324543602772012-04-23T05:06:00.050-04:002012-04-23T05:06:00.050-04:00Thank you for the puzzles - I so enjoy a little br...Thank you for the puzzles - I so enjoy a little brain teaser on Sunday morning.<br /><br />(Some Wonderlic wording is beyond puzzling!)A Broad Abroadnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-22407010391117388662012-04-22T22:36:00.418-04:002012-04-22T22:36:00.418-04:00That's awful, Dixon! The kids are being handic...That's awful, Dixon! The kids are being handicapped before they every take their SAT, no way a-sub-2 is the same as a to the power of 2. Little wonder we're lagging in math and science.<br /><br />My first two years of college I attended Rose-Hulman, which insisted showing how equations were derived and not using "plug-n-crank". I'm grateful for that.Leigh Lundinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07921276795499571578noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-39643937238407305642012-04-22T22:18:59.432-04:002012-04-22T22:18:59.432-04:00Re: the poorly-worded math question, I have to say...Re: the poorly-worded math question, I have to say this sort of problem seems quite (frighteningly) endemic, these days, from what I’ve seen of my children’s school work over the past decade or so. <br /><br />Having grown up as the son of a civil engineering college professor, math was drilled into me until I learned to love its little quirks. Consequently, I’m constantly irked by ambiguous math questions on worksheets that my kids bring home, or even on exams they take in class. <br /><br />When I gently confront teachers with the equations’ error(s), their response lays bare the fact that not only grade school teachers, but sometimes even high school science and math teachers, do not understand how to properly examine the logic chain underlying the math they are trying to teach, or (at other times) even proper mathematical notation.<br /><br />One science teacher in my daughter’s high school, for instance, when using the Pythagorean Theorem (which states a² + b² = c² ), placed the “2” for “squaring” at the base of the letter being squared. This, of course, would not be read as “a-squared plus b- squared equals c-squared”, but would instead be read as “a-sub-2 plus b-sub-2 equals c-sub-two” — which has a completely different mathematical connotation. <br /><br />I was completely unable to get the science teacher in question to understand this difference, and that he was teaching improper notation. He had evidently received this instruction, himself, from some other math or science teacher in the past, and was convinced that I didn’t know what I was talking about. Refusing to be swayed by math text books that I dug out to show him what I was talking about, he instead insisted that “Well, that’s one method of doing it,” as if mathematical notation were not standardized! I find this new-found lack of proper methodology in math to be quite frightening, and believe it lies at the root of the error you point out in this post.Dixon Hillhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11220791609338404147noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-74511655611009008512012-04-22T20:45:06.387-04:002012-04-22T20:45:06.387-04:00Isn't that poignant, Louis? He so much wanted ...Isn't that poignant, Louis? He so much wanted to become literate?<br /><br />I suspect owners are extremely smart. They not only get taxpayers to condemn land and buy stadiums, owners get special tax breaks, some similar to trusts. Think of it as socialism for the rich.Leigh Lundinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07921276795499571578noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-15833560061730490502012-04-22T16:32:01.225-04:002012-04-22T16:32:01.225-04:00When I first read the question, I thought it meant...When I first read the question, I thought it meant take a half of 30, so I got 81. I wonder how smart are the coaches and general managers, and owners who draft players?<br /><br />The Tennessee Titians drafted Young and he was outstanding in his rookie season but for the next 4 years he seemed trouble. His coach Jeff Fisher didn't help much in the way he handled the young man. <br /><br />The article reminded me of the football player in the 1970s who graduated from Oklahoma State and couldn't read or write. The first thing he said he wanted to do when he retired from the Redskins (I think it was the team he played for) was to learn to read and write.Louis A. Willishttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16563842429688123421noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-41597008591197218242012-04-22T15:00:25.254-04:002012-04-22T15:00:25.254-04:00I got the answer 42. I assumed divide by half mean...I got the answer 42. I assumed divide by half meant divide by half of 30. In any case, rotton question.Robert Loprestihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08844889305615182897noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-1278521030753779402012-04-22T14:50:57.687-04:002012-04-22T14:50:57.687-04:00I agree, Rob. I thought many questions were poorly...I agree, Rob. I thought many questions were poorly worded or even ill conceived, making the Wonderlic less than wonderful.<br /><br />And difficulty? Could anyone <i>not</i> answer <a href="http://www.walterfootball.com/images/wonderlic1.jpg" rel="nofollow">the Wonderlic question</a>:<br><br>The ninth month of the year is: (1) October (2) January, (3) June, (4) September, (5) May ?<br>Leigh Lundinhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/07921276795499571578noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3119105822589181967.post-851028232464818242012-04-22T12:00:14.377-04:002012-04-22T12:00:14.377-04:00I got the answer 42. I assumed divide by half mean...I got the answer 42. I assumed divide by half meant divide by half of 30. In any case, rotton question.Robert Loprestihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08844889305615182897noreply@blogger.com