April 4th, 2009

math: do it sans limit

The fake test

Remember the fake complex test I turned in as an April Fool joke for Dr. Wiseman? We got our tests back yesterday, and I noticed that he left no comments on the fake test. I asked him about it just to see if he had noticed it.

And apparently he fell for it at first. He thought I had cracked for a second and turned just that in before noticing that there was paper below that which contained the real test, which I did decently on.

So now, for your curiosity and for when I accidentally throw out the paper years from now, the fake test.

1) I'll prove it with MAGIC because I'm a mathemagician. Look! A miracle!

2) (on the number of zeros of a given function) 42. Just trust me on this.

3) The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra is very important in algebra. It can be proven by using the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra.

4) ∫dx/(x4+1) = ∫(1/x4) + 1 dx which diverges. Oops!

5) π. Yes, I'm counting multiplicities. Where do you think the .1415926535897... came from?

6) Again, it's magic. All math is just magic in disguise. Don't you know this?

7) Extra credit: f is a flipping awesome function, that's what.

Now, if I can find groups of orders 27 and 54, I'll be in good shape. To the GoogleMobile!
note to self

I just made my to-do list between now and graduation.

And wow. Just wow. It looks so overwhelming, yet so not, when committed to paper.

This list contains all the major things I have to do between now and 9 May 2009.

* Senior seminar draft due 7 April (this time for real)
* Senior seminar presentation 14 April
* SpARC presentation 22 April
* Senior seminar paper due 28 April
* 490 paper due 30 April (2nd reading day)
* nonfiction personal essay
--first draft due 14 April by 3pm
--second draft due 21 April by 3pm
--third draft due 26 April (Sunday) by 3pm
* nonfiction portfolio (due 5 May, the end of the exam period for seniors)
--final draft of personal essay due
--all the work I've done in the class also due with any substantially revised works marked as such, along with a reflective essay. I know I'm revising at least one work.
* French oral exam (toward the end of classes or exam period, date to be determined)
* complex final exam, to be taken during exam period at a time of my choice
* Script Frenzy (now through 30 April)
* that oh-so-wonderful job search
* complex problem sets. I'm guessing there are about three left, not including the one I haven't started yet due Wednesday but should have since Monday's seminar day.

Also, in theory there's supposed to be a second French test. Whether this will actually happen or not is to be determined.

Wow. I'm really glad I got my French presentation out of the way in March. The rest of the class can HAVE April. I don't want this madness.