# Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 07, 2020

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1. ##### BE THIS GUYalmost 2 years ago

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

2. ##### The Calvinosaurus That Calvin Wanted To Discoveralmost 2 years ago

The Pythagorean Theorem should come in handy here.

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4. ##### Kymberleighalmost 2 years ago

Cue Tom Lehrer’s “New Math”.

5. ##### 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.

6. ##### Renatus Profuturus FrigeridusPremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

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

7. ##### RobertRomeroalmost 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.

8. ##### jimrh74almost 2 years ago

Y=approx. 6.7

9. ##### Robin Harwoodalmost 2 years ago

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

10. ##### sirbadgeralmost 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.

11. ##### mi_sbsalmost 2 years ago

Everyone knows the answer is 63

12. ##### nosirromalmost 2 years ago

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

13. ##### thepinkbaronessalmost 2 years ago

Why would they change math? Math is math.

14. ##### su43diptaalmost 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.

15. ##### CharliegirlPremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

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

16. ##### KKpt PrienPremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

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

18. ##### MelanieAltheaMoorePremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

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

19. ##### jpayne4040almost 2 years ago

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

20. ##### 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.

21. ##### Troglodytealmost 2 years ago

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

22. ##### Mr_Coolalmost 2 years ago

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

23. ##### Little Caesaralmost 2 years ago

Think about it, there must be higher math,

Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

24. ##### Calvinist1966almost 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.

25. ##### Guilty Bystanderalmost 2 years ago

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

26. ##### belgarathmthalmost 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. ;)

27. ##### VegaAlopexalmost 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.

28. ##### joegeethreealmost 2 years ago

Hobbes invented Common Core math. Who woulda thunk it?

29. ##### Petalmost 2 years ago

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

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

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

31. ##### dflakalmost 2 years ago

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

32. ##### kartisalmost 2 years ago

A real world example of fuzzy logic.

33. ##### Billys mom2022almost 2 years ago

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

34. ##### Diat60almost 2 years ago

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

35. ##### Norris66almost 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.

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37. ##### chick485almost 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”.

38. ##### mountainclimberalmost 2 years ago

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

39. ##### gantechalmost 2 years ago

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

40. ##### JoJolinealmost 2 years ago

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

41. ##### vaughnrl2003Premium Memberalmost 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.

42. ##### kathleenhicks62almost 2 years ago

Just count fingers and toes.

43. ##### assrdoodalmost 2 years ago

Pi are round, cake are square!

44. ##### sonnygreenalmost 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.

45. ##### countoftowergrovealmost 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

46. ##### jsimpso1almost 2 years ago

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

47. ##### jmac60almost 2 years ago

Looks like common core math

48. ##### swanridgealmost 2 years ago

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

49. ##### mistercatworksalmost 2 years ago

Work it out with cans of tuna.

50. ##### BiggerNate91almost 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!

√45 ?

52. ##### DanWolfiealmost 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.

53. ##### tims145almost 2 years ago

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

54. ##### Earnestly Frankalmost 2 years ago

He should ask Lou Costello to explain it:

https://youtu.be/xkbQDEXJy2k

55. ##### chromosomePremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

Purple, because aliens don’t wear hats.

56. ##### su43diptaalmost 2 years ago

At least Calvin remembers something from the class!

57. ##### delennwenalmost 2 years ago

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

59. ##### ridenslide65almost 2 years ago

Common Core techniques being employed here…..

60. ##### KEAalmost 2 years ago

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

61. ##### garysmigsalmost 2 years ago

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

62. ##### hagarthehorriblealmost 2 years ago

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

63. ##### 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.

64. ##### rogredfordalmost 2 years ago

New math works this way, doesn’t it?

65. ##### Rayalmost 2 years ago

Reminds me of my days struggling with Integral Calculus.

Nein!

67. ##### willie_mctellalmost 2 years ago

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

68. ##### admiree2almost 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.

69. ##### GreggWPremium Memberalmost 2 years ago

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

70. ##### Charlie Fogwhistlealmost 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.

71. ##### spaced man spliffPremium Memberalmost 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.

72. ##### mendedpunk333almost 2 years ago

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

73. ##### queenoftutalmost 2 years ago

It’s that d@*^ed common core math!!!

74. ##### spaced man spliffPremium Memberalmost 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.

75. ##### Thinkingbladealmost 2 years ago

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

76. ##### Sailor46 USN 65-95almost 2 years ago

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

77. ##### John Jorgensenalmost 2 years ago

Hobbes is right, the answer IS a square number.