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Ugh...More Math-Out!

Last week's discussion was politicians' use of the phrase "squaring the circle" to metaphorically mean "impossible task." To continue this discussion....

Another new term is "math-out." Any idea what it means? It is a noun. And, as a hint, many of your students probably engage in it.

Possibly derived from white out (the blizzard variety), math-out is defined to be a "paper or presentation so encrusted with mathematical or other formal notation as to be incomprehensible. This may be a device for concealing the fact that it is actually content-free." Sound familiar. If you do not believe me, just google the phrase or check this web site for a cartoon example.

And while you are at it, check up on the meaning of social science numbers and pretty pictures, both terms describing student work!