Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 07, 2020

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    BE THIS GUY  almost 2 years ago

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

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    The Calvinosaurus That Calvin Wanted To Discover  almost 2 years ago

    The Pythagorean Theorem should come in handy here.

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    Kymberleigh  almost 2 years ago

    Cue Tom Lehrer’s “New Math”.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    jimrh74  almost 2 years ago

    Y=approx. 6.7

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    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.

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    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.

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    mi_sbs  almost 2 years ago

    Everyone knows the answer is 63

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    nosirrom  almost 2 years ago

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

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    thepinkbaroness  almost 2 years ago

    Why would they change math? Math is math.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    Bob. Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Use your fingers, Calvin.

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    MelanieAltheaMoore Premium Member almost 2 years ago

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

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    jpayne4040  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    Troglodyte  almost 2 years ago

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

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    Mr_Cool  almost 2 years ago

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

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    Little Caesar  almost 2 years ago

    Think about it, there must be higher math,

    Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

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    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.

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    Guilty Bystander  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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. ;)

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    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.

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    joegeethree  almost 2 years ago

    Hobbes invented Common Core math. Who woulda thunk it?

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    Pet  almost 2 years ago

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

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    A Hip loving Canadian...  almost 2 years ago

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

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    dflak  almost 2 years ago

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

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    kartis  almost 2 years ago

    A real world example of fuzzy logic.

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    Billys mom2022  almost 2 years ago

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

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    Diat60  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    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”.

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    mountainclimber  almost 2 years ago

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

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    gantech  almost 2 years ago

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

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    JoJoline  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    kathleenhicks62  almost 2 years ago

    Just count fingers and toes.

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    assrdood  almost 2 years ago

    Pi are round, cake are square!

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    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.

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    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.

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    jsimpso1  almost 2 years ago

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

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    jmac60  almost 2 years ago

    Looks like common core math

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    swanridge  almost 2 years ago

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

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    mistercatworks  almost 2 years ago

    Work it out with cans of tuna.

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    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!

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    johndifool  almost 2 years ago

    √45 ?

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    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.

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    tims145  almost 2 years ago

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

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    Earnestly Frank  almost 2 years ago

    He should ask Lou Costello to explain it:

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    chromosome Premium Member almost 2 years ago

    Purple, because aliens don’t wear hats.

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    su43dipta  almost 2 years ago

    At least Calvin remembers something from the class!

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    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?

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    DCBakerEsq  almost 2 years ago

    Finally, math made simple.

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    ridenslide65  almost 2 years ago

    Common Core techniques being employed here…..

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    KEA  almost 2 years ago

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

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    garysmigs  almost 2 years ago

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

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    hagarthehorrible  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    rogredford  almost 2 years ago

    New math works this way, doesn’t it?

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    Ray  almost 2 years ago

    Reminds me of my days struggling with Integral Calculus.

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    willie_mctell  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    GreggW Premium Member almost 2 years ago

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    mendedpunk333  almost 2 years ago

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

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    queenoftut  almost 2 years ago

    It’s that d@*^ed common core math!!!

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    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.

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    Thinkingblade  almost 2 years ago

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

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    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

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    John Jorgensen  almost 2 years ago

    Hobbes is right, the answer IS a square number.

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    gawkface  almost 2 years ago

    Every answer is the correct answer if we agree to disagree

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