Friday, June 03, 2011

Mathletes

G: We had our math placement test for junior high today.
Me: Oh?
G: There was stuff on there I've never seen before. What are those problems with the number between two lines?
Me: I don't know, draw one for me and maybe I'll recognize it.
G: It looked like | 25 |
Me: I have no idea what that is.

(pause while both of us look at it, baffled)

Me: Maybe it means, "Twenty-five, YAY!"*

We both got a good laugh out of that. Clearly neither of us will be medaling in the Math Olympics anytime soon.

*Like this emoticon: \o/

6 comments:

Rachael said...

At the risk of being that annoying person who answers rhetorical questions, it means "absolute value" -- so regardless of whether there's a positive or negative sign, it will be positive.

...I can remember that much but for the life of me I can't remember what the POINT of absolute values are...

Vanessa said...

Aha! That goes a long way toward solving the mystery. \o/ for your math skillz!

Alicia said...

The point of absolute value is to confuse you!

|25| + |25| = 50

|25| + |-25| = 50

|-25| + |-25| = 50

I love math, but this is just annoying

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