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Chickens and deer, oh my!

He's the faculty advisor for the math theme house, and I needed him to sign the paper copy of the theme house application form this morning, which, despite starting it weeks ago, I finished around two this morning. I stopped by his office to pick up the copy he had signed, and we talked about how I really didn't put it off. "Well, I figured you didn't," he said. "You usually don't."

"Well, this semester has been really... busy," I said.

"You have a really heavy course load. Three maths?" he asked. I nodded.

"And everything else, too," I replied, since the math wasn't half of what I was getting into. "All that personal stuff spinning around too."

"Aw, I'm sorry."

"Oh, not all of it is bad. Some of it is actually very good. It's just resulting in me running around like a chicken with its head cut off."

"And you're usually very headed chicken. I understand."

This, ladies and gentlemen, is why Dr. Koch is my advisor.

We were talking about period two points in dynamical systems today as part of our project and how, oh say, a deer population would go back and forth between two populations.

Dr. Wiseman: So then deer die. What happens next?

Me: There are dead deer lying around, and the living deer eat the dead ones.

Dr. Wiseman: *facepalm*

Me: *tries not to giggle at seeing a real live facepalm*

Dr. Wiseman: Then the apparently cannibalistic deer eat a lot of BERRIES, and the deer population goes back up.

(That was the first thing that popped in my mind, I swear. I really should learn not to say everything I think in a math class.)

Tonight is a Dr. Nbook night. Finally.


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Feb. 15th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Hooray for a real live facepalm! I am greatly amused.
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Yes! Teacher-funnies!
Feb. 16th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Nifty teachers.

Cannibalistic deer?

I always got frustrated in math or programming classes, by the problem presentations that wandered into foreign territory. Oh sure, you might be expected to know that deer don't eat each other, but how the heck was I supposed to know how the COD systems works? (The example chosen for a flowcharting lecture once.)

I thought of you today, my mathematically inclined friend. The topic at church this week of Days and Night with Jesus is "The Night Jesus Failed Math" I'm figuring it's gotta be the loaves and fishes deal.
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