A Year of Nights of Wondering – IV

I was discussing the difference between the phrase “the square of z” and “the square root of z” in class yesterday.  I asked, “So what does the square root of z mean?”  One of my students said that it means that the z is in the garage.  “Garage? What garage?”  She said that the front of the square root symbol, \sqrt{} looks like a garage door.  I guess it does.  So now I get to say that z is in the garage.  Kinda like Elvis is in the room.  What fun!


About jrh794

I am a sixty-five year old math instructor at Southern Oregon University. I taught at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed California for twenty-six years. Prior to that I worked as a computer programmer, carpenter and in various other jobs. I graduated from Rice University in 1967 and have a MS in Operations Research from Stanford. In the past I have hand-built a stone house and taken long solo bicycle tours. Now I ride my mountain bike and play golf for recreation.
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