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(CBC)   University's maths placement test forgot to carry the 2   (cbc.ca) divider line 34
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2012-06-27 08:21:42 AM  
You know how I know subby is a Brit?
 
2012-06-27 08:25:33 AM  
Actually, I'm not.

/subby
// approved submission 169. Getting' jiggy with it.
 
2012-06-27 08:26:12 AM  
The fark is "maths?"
 
2012-06-27 08:30:15 AM  
Math is hard when you spell 'grammar' with an 'e'.
 
2012-06-27 08:33:28 AM  

HenryFnord: Actually, I'm not.

/subby


You know how I know subby is pretentious?
 
2012-06-27 08:33:47 AM  
There was a mistake, it was fixed, end of story.

Strange, couldn't find the word "sue" anywhere in the story.
 
2012-06-27 08:34:26 AM  
You would have scored a perfect had the test been in base 10, unfortunately......
 
2012-06-27 08:35:10 AM  

Uriel: HenryFnord: Actually, I'm not.

/subby

You know how I know subby is pretentious?


You know how I know you're needlessly judgemental?
 
2012-06-27 08:36:02 AM  
CSB mode on:

I had to take Physics with Calculus my freshman year. This course is known for weeding out most people aspiring to complete an engineering or science degree.

I aced the first exam and somehow bombed the second exam. When I went to the TA to look at my second exam and figure out wtf happened, he couldn't find it. He told me to come back the next day. Well, I came back the next day and he still had no idea where it was. I started freaking out because he kept telling me to "trust him" and "not to worry about it". When I got home and checked my grades, the second exam score was changed to an A.

tl;dr: Physics TA lost my exam and gave me an A to cover his mistake so he wouldn't get fired. I passed a very difficult course which most students flunk.
 
2012-06-27 08:36:15 AM  
Take back the language!
 
2012-06-27 08:36:53 AM  
My fiance's alma mater! She'll be so proud.

/mistakes happen
 
2012-06-27 08:44:23 AM  
FTA:"giving failing grades to a couple of hundred high school students who wrote the university's math placement test."

Why would they let high school kids write the test? I would think they'd have the professors write it, and the high school kids would take it.

I guess they do things differently in Canada.
 
2012-06-27 08:45:26 AM  
I didn't fight in the Great Abbreviation War of 1958 just so subby could plop an "S" right on the end of a perfectly cromulent truncation, dangnabbit.
 
2012-06-27 08:46:01 AM  

HenryFnord: Uriel: HenryFnord: Actually, I'm not.

/subby

You know how I know subby is pretentious?

You know how I know you're needlessly judgemental?


Come on, this is *FARK*. How can you have 169 approved submissions and not grok that?
 
2012-06-27 09:04:04 AM  
"As for the odds on whether such a mistake could happen again, "That's a question of statistics and I'm not a statistician," smiled Goodaire."

Ahahaha! I get it! What a knee slapper!
 
2012-06-27 09:08:24 AM  
"Professor Edgar Goodaire, the interim head of Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics..."

"As for the odds on whether such a mistake could happen again, "That's a question of statistics and I'm not a statistician," smiled Goodaire."

Anyone else see something strange with those comments?
 
2012-06-27 09:12:05 AM  

Hermit Tard: "Professor Edgar Goodaire, the interim head of Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics..."

"As for the odds on whether such a mistake could happen again, "That's a question of statistics and I'm not a statistician," smiled Goodaire."

Anyone else see something strange with those comments?


Not really. Often, people in charge of a particular department aren't necessarily those who have practical experience or education in that field.
 
2012-06-27 09:20:53 AM  
"Maths?"

I'll concede that the English invented their language, and I've got no problem with them calling stuff whatever they want. I just wish they'd do it on their own websites.

/Seperate but equal.
 
2012-06-27 09:20:59 AM  
Here's a funny & sad story all in one:

Here in Quebec, there's a school system after high school and before university (colledge) called CGEP. It's 2 years and it shaves a year off of univeristy, so a normally 4-year program for most will only take 3 years for a Quebec student studying in Quebec.

Before classes begin there's an information session where this is explained. I studied engineering and the dean explained that all those student from Quebec would complete the program in 3 years. Those from outside Quebec will need to take a year of CGEP equivalent courses (your usual intro to calculus and physics and stuff. A lot of the stuff I'd seen in highschool already, but a lot was new as well).

Then the dead said: Any students from Newfoundland and Labrador? Yes? Please see me after the presentation.

Apparently, in addition to the CGEP equivalent courses, they had to take additional courses to get up to university level.
 
2012-06-27 09:23:02 AM  
dead = dean
 
2012-06-27 09:25:01 AM  
I lost an "I" in that war, dadgummt.
 
2012-06-27 09:26:37 AM  

Franko: dead = dean


I like it the other way better.
 
2012-06-27 09:26:38 AM  
The only thing more retarded then calling it "maths" is the phrase "drink driving".

Neither of these things are just cultural differences, they are just atrocious grammatical errors that became mainstream plebian drivel...
 
2012-06-27 09:39:03 AM  

vgss: The fark is "maths?"


It's short for mathematic.
 
2012-06-27 09:39:05 AM  

lilplatinum:
Neither of these things are just cultural differences, they are just atrocious grammatical errors that became mainstream plebian drivel...


Citation?
 
2012-06-27 09:49:12 AM  

HenryFnord: lilplatinum:
Neither of these things are just cultural differences, they are just atrocious grammatical errors that became mainstream plebian drivel...

Citation?



Maths: http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2007/03/maths.html

Drink driving should be fairly obvious. Drink is not an adverb. Drink cannot modify driving. The only way that structure works is if there is an anthropomorphic drink who is actually driving, which would be pretty interesting to see...
 
2012-06-27 10:07:12 AM  

Franko: Here's a funny & sad story all in one:

Here in Quebec, there's a school system after high school and before university (colledge) called CGEP. It's 2 years and it shaves a year off of univeristy, so a normally 4-year program for most will only take 3 years for a Quebec student studying in Quebec.

Before classes begin there's an information session where this is explained. I studied engineering and the dean explained that all those student from Quebec would complete the program in 3 years. Those from outside Quebec will need to take a year of CGEP equivalent courses (your usual intro to calculus and physics and stuff. A lot of the stuff I'd seen in highschool already, but a lot was new as well).

Then the dead said: Any students from Newfoundland and Labrador? Yes? Please see me after the presentation.

Apparently, in addition to the CGEP equivalent courses, they had to take additional courses to get up to university level.


It's spelled CEGEP (Collège d'enseignement général et professionel) and it not only shaves one year off of uni, but also a year of high school, hence the 2-year duration (if you're planning on going to uni, that is, otherwise it's 3 years for a professional degree if you'll be hitting the job market right after). Bottom line, all Canadian students usually spend the same amount of time in school if they're aiming for a university degree. Québec just takes 2 of those years and calls it CEGEP.
 
2012-06-27 10:20:11 AM  
Martha Ennis is hot and can practice "maths" all over me any day.
 
2012-06-27 10:25:43 AM  

dittybopper: Hermit Tard: "Professor Edgar Goodaire, the interim head of Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics..."

"As for the odds on whether such a mistake could happen again, "That's a question of statistics and I'm not a statistician," smiled Goodaire."

Anyone else see something strange with those comments?

Not really. Often, people in charge of a particular department aren't necessarily those who have practical experience or education in that field.


He is a professor. And has been for a while.

As to the quotes, there is nothing wrong or fishy there, thinking so just means you do not understand math and logic.

You need to understand some basic level (common sense) set theory to understand the joke.
 
2012-06-27 11:10:04 AM  

sjmcc13: dittybopper: Hermit Tard: "Professor Edgar Goodaire, the interim head of Memorial's Department of Mathematics and Statistics..."

"As for the odds on whether such a mistake could happen again, "That's a question of statistics and I'm not a statistician," smiled Goodaire."

Anyone else see something strange with those comments?

Not really. Often, people in charge of a particular department aren't necessarily those who have practical experience or education in that field.

He is a professor. And has been for a while.

As to the quotes, there is nothing wrong or fishy there, thinking so just means you do not understand math and logic.

You need to understand some basic level (common sense) set theory to understand the joke.


i dont know.. i laughed. its a dry joke, but it was still humor none the less.

but then again, i find this one really damn funny..

if your not part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate

LOL
 
2012-06-27 11:16:40 AM  
Err, statistics and math are almost completely different things, especially at university. Its like a theoretical physicist saying its a question of applied physics, and I'm not an applied physicist.
 
2012-06-27 11:35:21 AM  

al-Mundane: "Maths?"


You know, short for mathsematics.
 
2012-06-27 12:05:52 PM  
 
2012-06-28 12:36:34 AM  

Xenolith: Physics TA lost my exam and gave me an A to cover his mistake so he wouldn't get fired. I passed a very difficult course which most students flunk.


So, are you building bridges now? Airplanes?

I got this out of the Fark shop just to piss my students off:

i49.tinypic.com
 
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