The is the same Calvin who has no trouble graphing his farther’s performance. BTW, the diagonal would be more like 6.7, but it’s still the wrong answer.

The answer is a square number. If you grab opposite corners of the square at the ends of the dotted line and stretch it out until it’s flat, you’ll get the correct answer.

Hobbes declared what I’ve been calling for ages. Let the unknown quantity be called Y from now on, and let’s give X some rest from being hounded by everybody.

I am good in the new math, so I can try explaining it better. Basically that line Y makes a triangle, so this is a geometry problem. First discovered by Pythagoras. He discovered that the square of the sides gives you the answer. So 6 squared plus 3 squared equals 45. Now the next step, 4 plus 5 equals 9, and there is your answer.

Hobbes’s math is certainly more imaginative than Calvin’s. He proves at the end of this 3-week story arc that he is actually better at Math than Calvin as well. He’s better at most things than Calvin is, of course.

That diagonal would have to measure as the square root of 45 (a2 + b2 = 36+9, so c2 = 45, in this case), or approximately 6.7, but Hobbes didn’t draw it right, since a right triangle with legs of 6 and 3 units is half of a rectangle, not a square. ;)

Pythagoras just called in and said that no way is the diagonal equal to two In fact it’s three times the square root of five. Both Calvin and Hobbes give up.

Guess you have to do this in 3 steps or phases “why” I don’t know. A “delta” connected transformer winding is connected between phases of a three-phase system. A (Y) “wye” transformer connects each winding from a phase wire to a common neutral point. A single three-phase transformer can be used, or three single-phase transformers.

Hobbes represents Calvin’s imaginary friend. Considering the complexities of Hobbes’s interactions, he may actually be representing Calvin’s underlying schizophrenic tendencies. Of course, we all treat Calvin as a real child. He ain’t; and that’s a good thing. He’s entertaining; and that’s a great thing.

When I was in grade school, every kid 1-8 was given a Numberaid abacus. I was in first grade. Second grade they took them away and started some rubbish called New Math New Math, as Harvard mathematician Tom Leher declared, “was so simple, so very simple that only a child could do it.” Watterson rediscovered it thirty five years ago. I was so glad for the advent of the pocket calculator to replace my long lamented abacus. My check book ledger always reconciles with my bank statement.https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1761888

When I was younger, I tried this. I used a ruler and measured out 6 inches on one side and 3 on the other. The diagonal measured 6.75. Next, I tried dividing both numbers by 2 (since the opposite side would make the full number.) So I measured out 3 inches on one side and 1.5 on the other. The diagonal measured 3.7 – which is actually close to 6 MINUS 3!

I remember how difficult I found “higher math” to be in high school and college. At least when going for my current degree I worked harder and kept on practicing and studying, and I got a B+ in my college algebra class. (When going for said degree I got all As and Bs, including all As for a couple semesters.) And yes, I know math well enough to know Hobbes’s explanation is a bunch of baloney.

I don’t exactly know why, but this stupid homework solution really made me laugh this morning. Damn right, if you’re going to try and deal with higher numbers, you’d better use that higher math. Right on, Hobbes.

There came a point, sometime over 50 years ago, when I learned that if I did my homework, all the Bla-bla-bla of the teacher in class made sense. If I was called on, I could answer correctly. It was an epiphany. I wish somebody had told me that a little sooner.

I was always taught that unknown variables are at the end of the alphabet, like w,x,y,z; known variables at the beginning, such as a,b,c,d, and invariant constants in the middle, like k.

## BE THIS GUY almost 2 years ago

Here’s hoping Calvin’s parents check his homework.

## The Calvinosaurus That Calvin Wanted To Discover almost 2 years ago

The Pythagorean Theorem should come in handy here.

## Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano) almost 2 years ago

9

## Kymberleigh almost 2 years ago

Cue Tom Lehrer’s “New Math”.

## Space_Owl on GoComics almost 2 years ago

Ah yes, I totally remember all of this from school. Lol, no I don’t. I swept everything under the rug after graduation.

## Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member almost 2 years ago

I would say 9. But my school memories are too far away and something may have changed since then.

## RobertRomero almost 2 years ago

The is the same Calvin who has no trouble graphing his farther’s performance. BTW, the diagonal would be more like 6.7, but it’s still the wrong answer.

## jimrh74 almost 2 years ago

Y=approx. 6.7

## Robin Harwood almost 2 years ago

Calvin, don’t listen to Hobbes! You have to draw both diagonals, add them together, and then divide by ten.

## sirbadger almost 2 years ago

The answer is a square number. If you grab opposite corners of the square at the ends of the dotted line and stretch it out until it’s flat, you’ll get the correct answer.

## mi_sbs almost 2 years ago

Everyone knows the answer is 63

## nosirrom almost 2 years ago

In “New Math” they estimate the answer, so the answer is 10.

## thepinkbaroness almost 2 years ago

Why would they change math?

Math is math.## su43dipta almost 2 years ago

Hobbes declared what I’ve been calling for ages. Let the unknown quantity be called Y from now on, and let’s give X some rest from being hounded by everybody.

## Charliegirl Premium Member almost 2 years ago

That’s pretty much the technique I used in Algebra class. Never could get the hang of it.

## KKpt Prien Premium Member almost 2 years ago

If they are going to make this a pathagorean calculation; the answer is Sq Rt of 45

## Bob. Premium Member almost 2 years ago

Use your fingers, Calvin.

## MelanieAltheaMoore Premium Member almost 2 years ago

Well, Hobbes is right about one thing. If y=6+3, then y actually IS a square.

## jpayne4040 almost 2 years ago

Well, if you can get to the right answer in the end…

## dcdete. almost 2 years ago

I am good in the new math, so I can try explaining it better. Basically that line Y makes a triangle, so this is a geometry problem. First discovered by Pythagoras. He discovered that the square of the sides gives you the answer. So 6 squared plus 3 squared equals 45. Now the next step, 4 plus 5 equals 9, and there is your answer.

## Troglodyte almost 2 years ago

Higher Math, all right. This is the kind of mathematics you can dream up when you’re “high”…

## Mr_Cool almost 2 years ago

I love the fact that BW actually shows us the “working”.

## Little Caesar almost 2 years ago

Think about it, there must be higher math,

Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

## Calvinist1966 almost 2 years ago

Hobbes’s math is certainly more imaginative than Calvin’s. He proves at the end of this 3-week story arc that he is actually better at Math than Calvin as well. He’s better at most things than Calvin is, of course.

## Guilty Bystander almost 2 years ago

So THIS is how Common Core got started. Nobody could figure it out then, either.

## belgarathmth almost 2 years ago

That diagonal would have to measure as the square root of 45 (a2 + b2 = 36+9, so c2 = 45, in this case), or approximately 6.7, but Hobbes didn’t draw it right, since a right triangle with legs of 6 and 3 units is half of a rectangle, not a square. ;)

## VegaAlopex almost 2 years ago

Pythagoras just called in and said that no way is the diagonal equal to two In fact it’s three times the square root of five. Both Calvin and Hobbes give up.

## joegeethree almost 2 years ago

Hobbes invented Common Core math. Who woulda thunk it?

## Pet almost 2 years ago

I had a flashback to my dad trying to teach me maths at age 9!

## A Hip loving Canadian... almost 2 years ago

This higher math is like the Chinese philosopher… very Confucius.

## dflak almost 2 years ago

1 is approximately equal to 2, especially for large values of 1.

## kartis almost 2 years ago

A real world example of fuzzy logic.

## Billys mom2022 almost 2 years ago

My grandson had math like that. It is called common core.

## Diat60 almost 2 years ago

This is the same math used by governments to work out their budgets.

## Norris66 almost 2 years ago

Guess you have to do this in 3 steps or phases “why” I don’t know. A “delta” connected transformer winding is connected between phases of a three-phase system. A (Y) “wye” transformer connects each winding from a phase wire to a common neutral point. A single three-phase transformer can be used, or three single-phase transformers.

## Calvins Brother almost 2 years ago

42

## chick485 almost 2 years ago

I don’t get why y’all are having so much trouble with this one. It makes perfect sense when compared with “new math”.

## mountainclimber almost 2 years ago

“god invented the integers. the rest is the work of man.” (Kronecker)

## gantech almost 2 years ago

You mean, that’s not the right answer??

## JoJoline almost 2 years ago

Yo Pythagoras! How could the diagonal be under 2 in any universe? It’s 6.7.

## vaughnrl2003 Premium Member almost 2 years ago

Ah yes. New math. I hear all who want to be executives on Wall Street have to take intense classes to learn it.

## kathleenhicks62 almost 2 years ago

Just count fingers and toes.

## assrdood almost 2 years ago

Pi are round, cake are square!

## sonnygreen almost 2 years ago

Hobbes represents Calvin’s imaginary friend. Considering the complexities of Hobbes’s interactions, he may actually be representing Calvin’s underlying schizophrenic tendencies. Of course, we all treat Calvin as a real child. He ain’t; and that’s a good thing. He’s entertaining; and that’s a great thing.

## countoftowergrove almost 2 years ago

When I was in grade school, every kid 1-8 was given a Numberaid abacus. I was in first grade. Second grade they took them away and started some rubbish called New Math New Math, as Harvard mathematician Tom Leher declared, “was so simple, so very simple that only a child could do it.” Watterson rediscovered it thirty five years ago. I was so glad for the advent of the pocket calculator to replace my long lamented abacus. My check book ledger always reconciles with my bank statement.https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1761888

## jsimpso1 almost 2 years ago

No, the Diagonal of 6 & 3 is approximately 6.7Hobbes does need to draw a bigger square.

## jmac60 almost 2 years ago

Looks like common core math

## swanridge almost 2 years ago

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS.

## mistercatworks almost 2 years ago

Work it out with cans of tuna.

## BiggerNate91 almost 2 years ago

When I was younger, I tried this. I used a ruler and measured out 6 inches on one side and 3 on the other. The diagonal measured 6.75. Next, I tried dividing both numbers by 2 (since the opposite side would make the full number.) So I measured out 3 inches on one side and 1.5 on the other. The diagonal measured 3.7 – which is actually close to 6 MINUS 3!

## johndifool almost 2 years ago

√45 ?

## DanWolfie almost 2 years ago

I remember how difficult I found “higher math” to be in high school and college. At least when going for my current degree I worked harder and kept on practicing and studying, and I got a B+ in my college algebra class. (When going for said degree I got all As and Bs, including all As for a couple semesters.) And yes, I know math well enough to know Hobbes’s explanation is a bunch of baloney.

## tims145 almost 2 years ago

Why would they need to when you have an actual tiger giving you the answer!

## Earnestly Frank almost 2 years ago

He should ask Lou Costello to explain it:

https://youtu.be/xkbQDEXJy2k

## chromosome Premium Member almost 2 years ago

Purple, because aliens don’t wear hats.

## su43dipta almost 2 years ago

At least Calvin remembers something from the class!

## delennwen almost 2 years ago

Calvin does polls and graphs, writes great poems, has an amazing vocabulary for his age. . . but can’t do 6 + 3?

## DCBakerEsq almost 2 years ago

Finally, math made simple.

## ridenslide65 almost 2 years ago

Common Core techniques being employed here…..

## KEA almost 2 years ago

Believe it or not, I had students who used stranger “reasoning” than that.

## garysmigs almost 2 years ago

with a lot of fudging you can almost make man-made climate change seem a wee bit possible…

## hagarthehorrible almost 2 years ago

Hobbes into higher order pythagoras theorem. This feline is way ahead of Calvin’s academics.

## TheCoosBayBachelor almost 2 years ago

I don’t exactly know why, but this stupid homework solution really made me laugh this morning. Damn right, if you’re going to try and deal with higher numbers, you’d better use that higher math. Right on, Hobbes.

## rogredford almost 2 years ago

New math works this way, doesn’t it?

## Ray almost 2 years ago

Reminds me of my days struggling with Integral Calculus.

## Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku almost 2 years ago

Nein!

## willie_mctell almost 2 years ago

The square root of 45 is between 6 and 7. Calvin can’t measure either. :-)

## admiree2 almost 2 years ago

Hey Hobbes, call the guys who wrote the US Tax Code and explain to them what they meant but did not write.

## GreggW Premium Member almost 2 years ago

This is how “A Beautiful Mind” should have started.

## Charlie Fogwhistle almost 2 years ago

There came a point, sometime over 50 years ago, when I learned that if I did my homework, all the Bla-bla-bla of the teacher in class made sense. If I was called on, I could answer correctly. It was an epiphany. I wish somebody had told me that a little sooner.

## spaced man spliff Premium Member almost 2 years ago

I was always taught that unknown variables are at the end of the alphabet, like w,x,y,z; known variables at the beginning, such as a,b,c,d, and invariant constants in the middle, like k.

## mendedpunk333 almost 2 years ago

wait is hobbes imaginary or is he real? just a question…

## queenoftut almost 2 years ago

It’s that d@*^ed common core math!!!

## spaced man spliff Premium Member almost 2 years ago

Once upon a time sine and cosine were about math. Later on they alluded to new car loans. Now they bring to mind releases to do medical procedures.

## Thinkingblade almost 2 years ago

The really funny thing – at least to me – is that in fact 9 is a perfect square. :-)

## Sailor46 USN 65-95 almost 2 years ago

Mathematics is made of formulas, proofs, and in Calvin’s and Hobbs’s case 90 percent imagination

## John Jorgensen almost 2 years ago

Hobbes is right, the answer IS a square number.

## gawkface almost 2 years ago

Every answer is the correct answer if we agree to disagree