## The Power of Good Humor

June 4, 2008 by hillarychild

So, as I completed my trig test last week I was shocked to find that my studying had actually paid off for once and I was able to get through most of the problems with relative ease, that is, until I reached a problem concerning the dot product which asked what the relationship between u and v is when u•v = |u||v|. After writing down the few random facts I knew about the equation I decided I could at least lose my points in a comedic manner and wrote down the following:

“u and v are in love and u is ready to take their relationship to the next level (living on the same plane), but v just isn’t ready to commit (she feels like there’s something between them).”

Upon getting my test back I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had received partial credit for the problem, and assumed that entertaining my Mr. Kellogg was apparently worth some pity points (though I was confused by the way he had circled the first set of parenthesis and written “Almost” over the second). It all became clear as I asked my neighbor for the correct answer to the problem and he explained that in the equation described u and v are parallel. v was right, there was something between them: space.

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on June 4, 2008 at 11:06 pm |Michael MansetHah! I think you have just created Mr. Kellogg’s next hilariously corny description of a mathematical concept.