I suspect this rude, careless dumb-dumb intended this equation:
\(\LARGE x^2 - ax + b = 0\\ \)
Geometric solutions for this quadratic form are found by plotting A(0, 1) and B(a, b) and using the midpoint and distance formulas for finding (y) intercepts in circles. This seems consistent with the question. Examples of these are sometimes included in pre-calculus texts.
The first use of this form comes from Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), known more for satirical social commentary than mathematics.
Most of this dialogue sounds like cartoon characters speaking techno babble.
Lancelot Link Peeled Banana Productions Presents:
Bleep and Blip: All in a Daze Work
Teleplay by GingerAle
Based on original dumbness by select members and guests of Web2.0calc.com
Shanghai’d Technical Consultant: Alan
Shanghai’d Silent Technical Consultant: Rom
Shanghai’d Post Production Supervisor: Melody
Sponsored by Naus Corp: Quantum Dumbness Detection Systems
We join the universe-saving characters in progress....
Blip: How did you do that? That number is bigger than my pecker...
Bleep: Well, it’s smaller than mine. Anyway, Blip, I used an ultra-sophisticated proprietary algorithm with ternary protocol subzero three (3) and integrand containment post zero (1) metaphase. This commutes the large number, delineating it into a unified matrix, placing the tertiary integers adjacent to each other in the first three (3) natural dimensions.
Blip: Does this index the residuals that exist in subspace? If not, then we will be leaving half our math in another universe. That would be bad!
Bleep: Ahem, yes ...I see your point. I’ll just run the numbers and algorithm through my other ultra-sophisticated computer with advanced proprietary subroutines programmed by a Martian who was educated on Zork Prime. His algorithm can actually divide by zero (0) without blowing up the universe.
Blip: That is impressive! It’s so cool that we can save the universe!
Bleep: Yes, it is. But we must keep it secret.
Bleep: Because anyone who knows anything more than the multiplication tables will make fun of us. It will distract us from our important work.
[Fade out scene while Blip nods in agreement.]
[Fade in: Shrine of Organized Stupidity and Perpetual Quantum Dumbness]
Speaker: Thank you for joining us for the canonization of Aaron Traywick
Blip: Aaron was a great leader for our scientific and mathematical theories.
Bleep: Yes he was. He will be greatly missed and hard to replace.
Blip: Maybe you could replace him.
Bleep: No: I would never be appointed to such a lofty position as the Great Arron. I know my times-tables too well and I’ve squared too many numbers, which is really just the same as multiplying, but it sounds better.
Blip: What about me? I only know the ones and five times tables.
Bleep: No Blip. Once you went past the fives times tables, you were effectively disqualified.
Ours is to work in obscurity and to support the great work of Arron T. and his successors. Maybe someday our contributions will be recognized beyond the elites of our vocation, but it will take awhile for the devolutionary processes to work on the majority population, so it may not be in our life time.
Blip: Such is the pity.
Bleep: Yes it is.
[Fade out scene while Blip and Bleep gaze into the future, nodding.]
Despite Synth's insistence, there are no viruses here, but perhaps there is bug spray for a mutant synthetic dung-beetle, that balls up fecal matter and throws it all over the forum.
This is disturbing! Not Synth’s comments –he’s bitched about Melody for weeks. Nothing new there. But for you CPhill, something is very amiss!
CPhill, there is no doubt you are a good mathematician and certainly prolific in your output. However your moderator skills are poor. Synth may have the right to speak his piece of dung, and if this was directed directly to Melody, she could deal with it as a small part of a day’s work. But Synth directed this to you in particular and to the forum in general. The stench of it should not be left to linger without a counter point and contradiction.
Letting that synthetic piece of sh*t make such a comment about Melody (twice) without contradiction is tantamount to agreeing with it. It is very poor form, and is bloody dishonorable on many levels. Who the f**k are you, and what did you do with Sir CPhill?
Rather than play hide-and-seek with this post, I’ll continue this (sometime) on a new post, without the overt, but worthy, criticism... It will be a Timeline post. It will delineate the least common denominator for the success and failure of this math forum.
Topic of the Day: Show Some Bloody Respect!!
Rom is not a college student strutting his skills. Rom is a professional engineer. I’m sure neither of you understood what that means.
A professional engineer is like a doctor of mathematics and physics (instead of medicine). Just like in the medical field, many who attempt this level of education drop out or fail long before reaching their goal.
A professional engineer’s ethical responsibility often far exceeds that of a medical doctor. Because if an MD fails, a person may die, but if a PE fails, many hundreds or thousands can die. Every high-rise, bridge, plane and nuclear power plant is certified by professional engineers.
Guess what happened when they don’t get it right!? That’s right, they get an “F” on their report card, and mum paddles their butts.
Rom is one of the most advanced mathematicians in the (educated) world –at least the top two percent.
You two should have more respect. Though, I really don’t expect anything like respect from the Synthetic floater, but I do from you, CPC.
BTW, Rom passed and you two failed. I can’t paddle your butts, but I can give you a negative six (-6) and negative seven (-7 )points for a net of minus five (-5) each. Rom gets a plus six (6) for a net of positive five (+5) on each post.
Yes …well, I’m not a moderator, but I am a Genetically Enhanced Chimp, and …
(continued on your post…)
So, maybe I could test this theory anyway…
But without proper credentials, it’s unethical…and probably illegal. Worst of all, the real moderators might be really, really pissed at me. I would have to stay in the high treetops to avoid the incoming missiles of banana peels, mangos, and small coconuts they’d throw at me.
Living in the treetops may seem like the highlife, but it would become tiresome, quickly. It is a nice place to visit, though.
The brilliant, bear-feeding-troll-post link now works.
Other irritating posting behaviors include:
*Titling the post with Help #, or halppppppppppp or help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
*Posting a question as an image –worse, using a link to an image.
The links often become inactive after a length of time, and these are very difficult to search for in the archives.
*Deleting posts after the question is answered.
*Posting numerous, closely-related questions.
Some students just dump their homework on here with abandon.
*Questions presented without context or related charts, graphs, or tables.
I wouldn’t expect younger students to have skills in presenting well-couched context, but presenting a proper question (in context) is necessary for learning advanced mathematics.
Students repeat questions because the answer is wrong or not understood. Rather than belaboring themselves by asking for clarification, they repost them, without so much as a hesitant “f**k you!” Sometimes the questions are repeated as part of the curriculum (AoPS is well known for this), but the students don’t remember them, nor do they bother to look through their posts, so they just post them again. Another form of repetition is where a question was previously asked (often many times) by other students. It’s easier to repost the question than research it.
This doesn’t address the intentional bratty, rudeness I see on here –usually directed toward Melody. I address this (on what’s left of the post) here: https://web2.0calc.com/questions/good-morning-people-of-web-2-0#r26
Unfortunately, none of these posting behaviors are likely to change as long as the askers receive answers to their questions. Obnoxious postings of math questions should be categorically locked and hidden and/or edited (with directions for proper posting) to prevent feeding of the bears and the answers’ eventual mulling. Here’s a very funny troll-post that makes a very good point: https://web2.0calc.com/questions/should-you-consider-anything-before-you-answer-a-question#r17
It’s too bad the Mods can’t make you invisible.
In response to your complaint that the moderators chose to delete an anonymous post, lamenting about homework and feeling suicidal, instead of helping the situation.
I think they are helping the situation. The Moderators are skilled mathematicians, not trained psychologists. They are not obliged to help with psychological issues and neither should they
–especially for lamentations that express suicidal ideations. Hiding such posts does help the forum, because shared suicidal ideations may be contagious –especially in young persons.
This may be the only public math forum on the net that allows social posting. Andre Mossow created and implemented the “off-topic” label and filter for this purpose. When used, readers of this forum can filter out the social posts and focus on the math posts or the vice versa.
Some of the forum’s social posts are wondrous examples of coming-of-age social interaction, and a few have anecdotes of life with amazing narrative commentaries. And, of course, there are hilarious troll posts relating to math and social commentary.
In contrast to those wondrous examples are the many social posts that fit in the category of mind-numbing drivel –often posted as hyper-emotional teenage angst. This mind-numbing drivel, requires purging to de-clutter (and sanitize) the forum. This was known in the old-days as much ado about nothing! Now it’s known as piss-and-moan about everything!
Most of your posts fit in the mind-numbing drivel category. You rarely post anything beyond mumbling idiocy; others add their own mumbling idiocy to your posts, creating a cauldron of synthetic offal that you slowly heat with your slow burn about being maligned and dissed. You are attempting to breed contempt toward the moderators, and Melody in particular.
Your attempt at contempt is contemptible in reason and application. Your communication skills consummately suck in your single phrases of mumble and murmur about being dissed for posting sewage and slop.
Have you noticed that those who post on the thread never agree with you? At best, they only sympathize –a little. If Melody bit your head off, half the forum would applaud. The other half would if they were aware. None would applaud as loud as me, except for the other troll on here who was the first to define you as a synthetic floater that won’t flush.
On this forum, you have an amazing opportunity to learn mathematics, yet, you’ve never asked a single math question. You should avail yourself of this opportunity. Of course, it is easier just to piss-and-moan about everything.
Oh yes, they can!
This Oxidation-Reduction Potential is well known in theory and practice for oxidizers and reducers.
Of all the members, you should know there is COOL STUFF that can measure this phenomenon.
You really should do some research before you blindly answer questions, because,
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
In case you don’t understand this, the general idea is to start up your brain before putting your mouth in gear.
You are very