71.4285% Dead Weight

March 9, 2009 at 7:44 PM 1 comment

Math for me this year comes in two parts: first, a semester of Pre-Calculus, and then a semester of Calculus A.

First semester being over, we swapped our Pre-Calc books for the calculus book. We expected it to be big, but the textbook we received was monstrous. Easily two-inches thick, there are 1192 pages in it, plus another two hundred for the Appendix, odd Answers, and the Index for a grand total of fourteen hundred pages.

There was no way we were going to finish it all in just one semester. In fact, we weren’t even going to try to. We were just going to do the first three chapters out of the fourteen.

Our calculus teacher says the book contains enough for not only calculus A, B, C, and D, but probably E, F, and G as well (but before you get there the classes start being called Analytic Calculus or Math for An Alternate, Fictional Universe or something like that). Which isn’t surprising, considering the problems the book gives us. Sometimes, you look at your assignment sheet and it tells you to do 1-30 odds. You think, 15 problems, no big deal. Then you write down the first problem and realizes it that it as four parts to it, A, B, C, and D. These bad two-for-one deals are what I call rip-off problems. But the calculus book takes it to a whole new level, giving us not only A, B, C, and D, but all the way through J! That’s ten sub-problems! But I digress.

Anyhow, I’ve noticed that our calculus books had been rebound. If the rebinders were a little smarter, they would have taken a butcher’s knife to it and chopped it into several pieces since we’re only doing three chapters. That way, I wouldn’t have to flip 1000 pages (the two chapters are about 300 pages together) to get to the Answers section and carry about three pounds of dead weight.

So if you ever feel a primal urge to mutilate your Louis Leithold Calculus 7 textbook, just make sure your cuts fall between the page intervals of [0,312] and [A-123,A-152). Then we can swap.

Calculus Break-down

By the way, who in the world dedicates a math book of all things to their sons, their son’s sons, and the godfather of the son’s sons? But then most geniuses are crazy.

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  • 1. You are right...  |  March 9, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    71.4285% dead weight… haha… i thought that percentage was your predicted score….

    hey you never know… 71.4285% dead weight.

    If you got a 71%, you would sure be “dead weight.”

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