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Friday, October 17, 2003
08:39The Mathematical Approach to Life
On a related front, something that I've seen in geometry textbooks which leaves me perplexed are questions along the lines of:
Angles 1 and 2 are supplementary. If angle 1 has measure x and angle 2 has measure 2x + 3, what is the measure of angle 2?Is there any case outside of a contrived problem like this where this will come up? I have a vague notion that I saw questions like this in one of the ACT prep books that I looked at, but this has no relation to how someone actually works with supplementary angles. It's not a geometry problem, it's an algebra problem, and while students should be able to solve this, the contrived nature of the problem is such that its ex nihilo nature outweighs the benefit of the algebra review, I think.