Ugh...More MathOut!
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 "mathout." 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), mathout 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 contentfree." 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!
