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attgig
05-16-2003, 01:41 PM
had to get brainsmile to explain the joke to me...now he's a geek..

A constant function and e^x are walking on Broadway. Then suddenly the constant function sees a differential operator approaching and runs away. so e to-the x follows him and asks why the leaseshurry.
"Well, you see, there's this diff.operator coming this way, and when we meet, he'll differentiate me and nothing will be left of me...!"
"Ah," says e^x, "he won't bother ME, I'm e to-the x!" and he walks on. Of course he meets the differential operator after a short distance.
e^x : "Hi, I'm e^x"
diff.op. : "Hi, I'm d/dy"

sho.gun
05-16-2003, 01:51 PM
LOL! woot i'm a geek! :heh:

revil
05-16-2003, 01:55 PM
haha. it goes with this site (http://www.rpi.edu/~harmsj/RUPEE/), they calculate ALL the time!

gear02
05-16-2003, 02:26 PM
oh man...I get it...

:D

brainsmile
05-16-2003, 02:44 PM
say what you want attgig.... you're still a geek :P

whitak24
05-16-2003, 02:49 PM
duh....i don't get it.

i stopped my math education after calc in HS, and that was 6 years ago.....

brainsmile
05-16-2003, 02:50 PM
I haven't done calc since 1987

well high school calc...

zenbooty
05-16-2003, 02:54 PM
I understand what's going on, but is there really any punchline here? Other than the fact that the differential of e^x is e^x?

brainsmile
05-16-2003, 02:58 PM
d/dy is the punchline <ba-da-ching>

Kevster
05-16-2003, 03:27 PM
LOL - I got this without having to think about it (scary as that is).

Of course I ran this by my Judo Sensei (who is a Math Professor) and he had a good laugh. Good math jokes that aren't too geeky are hard to come by.

Kim
05-16-2003, 03:41 PM
I'm SO NOT a geek!

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't get it even if someone explained it to me :)

attgig
05-16-2003, 04:05 PM
Originally posted by whitak24
duh....i don't get it.

i stopped my math education after calc in HS, and that was 6 years ago.....

I hear ya dude...

i think i did some in college...but i barely graduated so that doesn't count....
the last time I really did calc was HS.

rtse313
05-16-2003, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by brainsmile
d/dy is the punchline <ba-da-ching>

yeah !!

actually i think that's pretty funny.

gear02
05-16-2003, 04:15 PM
I'll probably get slapped for this but for those who don't understand, the differential of a constant function (i.e. 4, 10004.23) is zero. e^x d/dy is also 0 since you're trying to take the partial derivative of y when e^x doesn't have a y in it.

Makes sense?

<ducks for cover>

coleslaw
05-16-2003, 04:19 PM
You're right, gear02. That is why the joke is funny. :)

It may have been more obvious if the "curvy D" had been used in d/dy.

zenbooty
05-16-2003, 04:54 PM
THAT'S the punchline?

No wonder I didn't get it. I was looking for something funny. :rolleyes:

attgig
05-16-2003, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by gear02
I'll probably get slapped for this but for those who don't understand, the differential of a constant function (i.e. 4, 10004.23) is zero. e^x d/dy is also 0 since you're trying to take the partial derivative of y when e^x doesn't have a y in it.

Makes sense?

<ducks for cover>

and what brainsmile told me was that e^x was expecting that the differential operator was d/dx not d/dy...that's why e^x was so confident he could face the diff operator...

e^x d/dx = xe^x or something like that (correct me if i'm wrong..I'm NOT a geek).
but much to e^x's surprise it wasn't d/dx, it was d/dy! what a hoot.... :hmm:

zenbooty
05-16-2003, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by attgig
e^x d/dx = xe^x or something like that (correct me if i'm wrong..I'm NOT a geek)Like I said, e^x d/dx = e^x. Its one of e^x's special properties. Now, I think e^f(x) = f(x) d/dx * e^f(x).

Windsor
05-16-2003, 10:55 PM
Originally posted by zenbooty
Like I said, e^x d/dx = e^x. Its one of e^x's special properties. Now, I think e^f(x) = f(x) d/dx * e^f(x).

Yup, that's true.

gear02
05-17-2003, 12:25 AM
ok...let's stop now with all the calculus...

hapoo
05-17-2003, 12:32 AM
God knows i've had enough math to understand that and thensome perfectly, but honestly it wasn't that funny, amusing, but not funny.

coleslaw
05-17-2003, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by gear02
ok...let's stop now with all the calculus...

You mean you don't want to see this then?

dx d cabin
--- = log x so, ------------ = log cabin
x cabin

:P

molecularfire
05-17-2003, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by DarkFury
Truly only GEEKS would find that funny... :shrug:

Man... and I got that joke. :blush:

Joshua
05-18-2003, 12:57 AM
Thank God I don't get that joke! :disa:

revil
05-18-2003, 02:58 AM
Originally posted by SnotRocket
Thank God I don't get that joke! :disa:
That's really sad. It's just like say, "you know what. I'm gald I'm not smart enough to know the basics of calculus. I enjoys being stupid." but whatever. I hear ignorance is bliss.

sho.gun
05-18-2003, 03:00 AM
Originally posted by revil

That's really sad. It's just like say, "you know what. I'm gald I'm not smart enough to know the basics of calculus. I enjoys being stupid." but whatever. I hear ignorance is bliss.

Based on your misspellings (sp?) :rolleyes: I'm guessing you're drunk?

revil
05-18-2003, 04:29 AM
Originally posted by sho.gun
Based on your misspellings (sp?) :rolleyes: I'm guessing you're drunk?
been up since 7 and i've been doing one thing. reading malcom x so i can write a fatty paper due monday. I started today. :( oh well, I already have half the paper written and i've read a little less than half the book. aside from that, i have a headache which isn't going away even though i've taken painkillers. :(

besides, misspelling don't make the man. I'm really sloppy with my typing if you haven't figured out already.

Joshua
05-18-2003, 10:10 AM
C'mon Revil, it ain't like I haven't seen you on "the little schoolbus". Hangin out wid us weetahds over in the special ed "enrichment" side of school. I saw you trying to put green giant niblets in your corn rows so's you could feed mamma!

Originally posted by revil

That's really sad. It's just like say, "you know what. I'm gald I'm not smart enough to know the basics of calculus. I enjoys being stupid." but whatever. I hear ignorance is bliss.

revil
05-18-2003, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by SnotRocket
C'mon Revil, it ain't like I haven't seen you on "the little schoolbus". Hangin out wid us weetahds over in the special ed "enrichment" side of school. I saw you trying to put green giant niblets in your corn rows so's you could feed mamma!
Ah, how cute. you're trying to make a come-back joke. sadly that's the worst one i have ever heard. maybe if you weren't too busy praising your stupidity, you could come up with a better one.

and oddly enough I have ridden on the short-bus. i've also washed it, driven it, worked on it's engine, etc. The interesting things one does when your parents own a school bus comapny.

revil
05-18-2003, 05:54 PM
Originally posted by DarkFury
(I had Calculus and Cal II in college... passed with As in both and then promptly did a brain dump and forgot it all... because I didn't plan on using any of it. :shrug: )
you don't plan on hi-jacking an airplane, but you remember how they did it on 9/11, don't you? Just because you don't intend to use it doesn't mean you should plan on forgetting it. Everything you learn can potentially be useful to you even though you may not know it at the time you learn it. The human mind is capable of so much more, that's why I think it's stupid disregard something like that.

revil
05-18-2003, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by DarkFury

remembering an "event" is much different than remembering the protocols and procedures of doing mathematics (especially when you can put sound, visuals, and even taste along with the event... which are memory cues.). Honestly, some things if not practiced on a regular basis will be utterly forgotten... and Calculus is one of those things.
I don't think remembering an event is much different from remembering mathmatics such as calculus. Granted it is much different then the protocal or procedure. But you do remember what the goal differentiation or integration is suppose to accomplish, right? if not, I don't think you really learned calculus at all; You just learned the protocols and procedures of calculus, that's all. what's I'm getting at is that math isn't the goal, rather math is just the tool to solve a problem. Without knowing what tool you need to use, you can't really solve your problem.

What erks me is when people say, "I don't wanna know how to use that tool." But in a society that rewards stupidity, I see their point.

Originally posted by DarkFury
So cut the "old guy" some slack... the memory isn't what it used to be. :confused: :D
bah, I was a little harsh in my assessment (sorry 'bout that). I did for a moment forget that some wise guy who said something like, "why remember anything that you can lookup" (i forget exactly who now, I think einstein. my brain is all mush from reading through Malcolm X again and writing a rather large paper about it. :( but hey, that's just something to look up anyway. :P )

Granted I'm getting all upset over one stupid little comment. But it still upsets me when people go about with the general, "whew, I'm glad I don't have knowledge about <fill in blank>." I'm the kind of person who goes, "damnit, i wish I knew more about <fill in blank>."

anyways, gotta finish my paper. I'm sure this didn't make much sense, so i'll clarify if need be.

brainsmile
05-18-2003, 10:09 PM
If I was e^x and that happened to me... I'd just say that x=yz and I'd be fine. :hihi:

ok I'm a geek.::bawl: :shake: :shrug:

coleslaw
05-18-2003, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by brainsmile
If I was e^x and that happened to me... I'd just say that x=yz and I'd be fine.

Better yet, you could say that x = "every other imaginable alpha-variable and greek symbol" to cover all of your bases. You'd be screwed if d/dG showed up! :P

revil
05-19-2003, 03:05 AM
Originally posted by DarkFury
All I'm basically sayin' is... "Different strokes for different folks". Life isn't gonna judge you on your knowlege of higher mathmatics. :D
:hmm: Oh, you'll be swearing at yourself the day a mugger comes up to you and yells, "give me your wallet or the answer to this differential equation!" :shifty:

:P

Aristo
05-19-2003, 03:11 AM
I understand the math but couldn't find it anywhere near funny? :heh: