prof : how much 7 x 24 = ?
student : it's 168.
prof : prove it.
student: 16 + 8 = 24
prof : and 7 x 27 + ?
student : 189 prove 18+9 = 27
prof : and 21 x 7 = ?
student : 147 prove 14 + 7 = 21
prof: and 18 x 7 = ?
student : 126 prove 12 + 6 = 18
Q: Divide 14 sugar cubes into 3 cups of coffee so that each
cup has an odd number of sugar cubes.
Riposte: 12 isn't odd!
A: It's an odd number of cubes to put in a cup of coffee (groan)
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
When in the company of scientific/mathematical minds, I like to lighten the atmosphere by observing that I sneeze always in Fibonacci's Sequence. "The only problem is," I conclude, "when I sneeze only once, I'm never certain whether I'm sneezing in the first or second of the sequence.
Seen the week before finals on the chalkboard right after a Math 233 (Discrete Math) class at the University of Oregon:
59 + 34 + 2 + 37 + 97 = some number
And here I thought math classes were hard....