FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics

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  1. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, about 2 years ago

    Use your golf balls. They’ll help

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 2 years ago

    I’ve never met anyone who could think in radians. Everyone converts to degrees. They are a pain. 57.3 degrees per radian… makes it soooooo simple…

  3. DerkinsVanPelt218

    DerkinsVanPelt218 said, about 2 years ago

    You’ll get nothing and like it!
    -Caddyshack

  4. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, about 2 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Radians are important in some disciplines, such as electrical and electronic engineering. We think in multiples of pi, degrees don’t usually come into it so the conversion factor is not important.

  5. Doctor11

    Doctor11 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Jason is too smart for his own good sometimes.

  6. Keith

    Keith said, about 2 years ago

    To Jason, that’s a big… whew!

  7. Strod

    Strod said, about 2 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Au contraire, most electrical engineers, mathematicians, and others who have to deal a lot with trigonometry and Fourier analysis end up preferring radians.
     
    It becomes easy once you realize that the circumference of a circle is 2πr, so a complete turn is 2π, a half-turn is π, and a right angle is π/2.  From there, any interesting angle becomes a fraction of π.

  8. DavidRT

    DavidRT GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    With a BS & MS in physics and a career in physics, I not only learned to think in radians and the metric system, once I started programming in machine language using an Assembler, I learned to think and do arithmetic in hexadecimal — base 16. I can do calculations in base 2 (1’ & 0’s) or any base if I take my time. FULL DISCLOSURE: Now that I’ve been retired for 14 yrs and do a lot of sailing with a magnetic compass and a GPS, I’ve reverted to thinking in English units, degrees, knots, and nautical miles. If you don’t use it, you lose it. That’s what my wife keeps telling me.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    Math is not my forte.

  10. dflak

    dflak said, about 2 years ago

    Use mills – 1 yard at 1000 yards – works if you are shooting artillery.


    Computing loft and imparting loft are two different things. That’s the difference between planning and execution.

  11. kea

    kea said, about 2 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    thinking in radians isnt bad; it’s the conversion thats a pain.

  12. Jeff0811

    Jeff0811 said, about 2 years ago

    @Strod

    MMM … Pie

  13. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 2 years ago

    re: I stand corrected on electrical engineering.
    .
    But why use it elsewhere? It gets more than a little messy trying to design anything civil or mechanical with radians. Surveying would be all but impossible. I can’t imagine doing a property lines survey translating the decimal degrees (DMS is not now as far as I know) from the instrument to radians and back again. Imagine turning an angle of 0.315363246 radians, vs. degrees. Or designing a tool with radians. The measurement is far too large for convenience. Or requires conversion, such as using a unit of mass like a kilogram vs. a unit of weight like the lb. Extra steps.
    .
    Interesting that Grads didn’t take off— the military used something similar in the past. The circle being 360 goes back to the Sumerians. For a base-60 number system like theirs, it made perfect sense. One based on tens has it a bit more difficult.

  14. Jim Kleinhans

    Jim Kleinhans said, about 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Neither is golf. The most boring “game” in the world.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @Jim Kleinhans

    It does use mathematics, plain geometry and skill. But I have never played it to find out.

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