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Femion » Barry’s Blunder

Barry’s Blunder

January 17th, 2007

When it comes to numbers, I tend to make a lot of mistakes. A lot of stupid little mistakes. I understand almost everything that is taught in physics, calculus and chemistry, but when taking a test or doing an assignment, I have to check my answers three or four times before I get it right. I have always envied the people who can do an assignment and get every question right without having to look it over.
However, I learned yesterday that I’m not the worst.
Yesterday was the first DISP quiz of this term, and it felt like the first quiz I over-studied for. I finished the psychology and biology parts of the quiz within the first twenty minutes, but when I got to the physics section, I hit a logjam. The questions were all about a log floating in a river. However, the weight of the log was stated to be ten times heavier than it should be… the first question was to calculate the density of the log, which turned out to be 8.8 times denser than the water it was floating in. The next question asked how far in the in the log was floating, but of course you can’t answer the question because the log should have sunk. the next questions were about the pressure at the bottom of the log, and what would happen if you put a piece of copper on the log, but of course those questions were all impossible to answer because the log couldn’t float at all.
Thinking that it could have been only my mistake, I checked it over several times. But of course, it wasn’t working. I guessed that the weight was off by a factor of ten because the answers made sense if you divided them by ten, but I didn’t want to make any assumptions. Unfortunately, Professor Ruddick, the physics teacher, wasn’t there, and he didn’t arrive when he was supposed to. I waited for a while, and then I finally called the biology TA over and explained what was going on. The people around me who overheard spoke up and agreed with me. The TA went back down, explained to the Psyche prof what was going on, and the psyche prof started laughing (the psyche prof is constantly mentionning in class that she would have gone into physics if she hadn’t hated her physics prof in university).
After about twenty minutes of waiting in the very cold test room, Barry Ruddick arrived. Immediately, the hands of everyone who was taking the physics test went up. He picked up a quiz, looked it over for quite a lot longer than I think he needed to and said. “Oh. I guess this is a good demonstration of what happens when you don’t think in terms of dimensions.” Nevous laugh. “it’s just an error of typography.”
Right. An error in typography. An error that wouldn’t have meant anything had he checked over his own work before giving us the quiz, or could have been easily corrected had he bothered to show up on time. I realize that it isn’t the greatest tragedy of all time, but I think we were all a little p’ed off after having to stay in the Dunn for an extra half-hour to twenty minutes in the cold and over our usual dinner time.
This event will now forever be known as “Barry’s Blunder”. Unless of course, he makes a bigger mistake.
On a side story, when we were leaving a classmate who was joking about the fact that she couldn’t get the last question broke down in tears. She had mono and was unable to do anything other than sleep for the past couple of days. She had a doctor’s note but because of the strict scheduling of DISP, had to come in an take the quiz despite probably being very contagious and having little knowledge of the subject material because of being unable to study. She had to miss her blood tests to take the quiz, too. The irony, I think, was that the biology and psychology about the immune system, and how it is negatively effected by stress.
Maybe, had she not been stressed out about the quiz, she wouldn’t have been in such a bad shape. Maybe DISP makes you sick.

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