Monday, May 03, 2010

Would I Be This Unhelpful If I Were Not Leaving? Yes.

I told the students in the gen-ed class that they will need to prove the Pythagorean Theorem on the final.

We proved it in class -- three different ways. One of those ways is in the textbook.

When we reviewed for the geometry exam, I told them that the Pythagorean Theorem was going to be on that exam. I proved it again in class when we were reviewing. It was on the exam. Most people were able to prove it.

All of the class notes are on Blackboard. (I use the SMARTSympodium to record everything that I write on the board. After each class I post the notes on Blackboard.)

Today Stu emailed me saying that he needed help with proving the Pythagorean Theorem. I told him that this wasn't something that I could deal with over email that he'd have to come see me in my office tomorrow afternoon if he wanted to talk about this.

The internet is full of proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem; you get to bring a notecard to the exam. I'm not going to explain geometry over email.