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On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 1:38 PM, ROGER GRAYDON CHRISTMAN <dvl at psu.edu> wrote: > I recall giving a quiz to my college students sometime back around > the late nineties which had a little bit of arithmetic involved in the answer. > It's been too long ago to still have the exact details, but I remember > a couple solutions that would be of the form: > > 5 + 10 + 1*2 > > And then the student would write he was unable to actually > compute that without a calculator. And yes, I deliberately > designed the questions to have such easy numbers to work with. It was my birthday the other day. People at worked asked how old I was. I replied: ((3**2)+math.sqrt(400))*2 Quite a few people somehow came up with 47. And these are technical people.

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