Student Equations

I'm still giving my students a Quote of the Week for them to respond to.

Last week's was this W.C. Fields quote:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it."

I was shocked at how many of the precalc kids agreed with it. They basically thought that it wasn't worth wasting your time.  I don't know if they actually thought that or are just so used to agreeing with what a teacher says that they don't think.  I hope it's none of the above.

I gave the same quote to my freshmen this week and they all disagreed.  Phew.

This week's quote was from Albert Einstein:
If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.

Instead of getting their feedback, I asked them to write an equation that fits their lives.  Here are some of the results.

(click on it to enlarge.)


  1. Love it! Thanks for sharing, and being clever, and giving the kids a place to think outside the box.

    If A is success in life, the x + y + z = A, where x is gratitude, y is when work and passion are synonymous, and z is food or my choose.


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