FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend

FoxTrot Classics

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  1. TheSnoopster

    TheSnoopster said, almost 4 years ago

    Use your golf balls. They’ll help

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 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, almost 4 years ago

    You’ll get nothing and like it!
    -Caddyshack

  4. Doctor11

    Doctor11 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Jason is too smart for his own good sometimes.

  5. Keith

    Keith said, almost 4 years ago

    To Jason, that’s a big… whew!

  6. Strod

    Strod said, almost 4 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.

  7. DavidRT

    DavidRT GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 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.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Math is not my forte.

  9. dflak

    dflak said, almost 4 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.

  10. kea

    kea said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

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

  11. Jeff0811

    Jeff0811 said, almost 4 years ago

    @Strod

    MMM … Pie

  12. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    re: I stand corrected on electrical engineering.
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    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.
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    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.

  13. Jim Kleinhans

    Jim Kleinhans said, almost 4 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

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

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Jim Kleinhans

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

  15. piloti

    piloti said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    The pound is a unit of mass as well as the kg. To be technically correct, they would be referred to as pound/force, and kg/force. In common usage, the kg and lb are both accepted as units of weight. I’ve never seen a gravitational correction chart at the grocery store scales. But, perhaps you have.

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