Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Brain fart

Yesterday, I took my first physics exam, and left feeling a bit annoyed with one of my answers. It was bugging me because the answer I put didn't seem right, and I knew it was an easy question, but I wasn't sure how to get the correct answer. You know the story, because this sort of thing happens to everybody at one point or another. That being the case, you should know what happens next.

Because physics is my last class of the day, I walked out to my car right afterwards. As I touched the hot door handle, the light bulb above my head lit up, and I figured out how the problem should have been solved, and what the correct answer was. A huge wave of satisfaction hit me because everything was finally clear again. But, that feeling of triumph was almost immediately washed away by one of horror and disgust at my own stupidity.

I believe the question went something like this: "A man traveled 120 miles in one direction going 120 miles per hour, turned around, and came back going 60 miles per hour." Part c asked: What was the man's average speed? An easy question. Somehow, I came out with an answer of 240 miles per hour. That seemed like a lot, but my tired brain ignored the warning and gave up, rationalizing that he wouldn't get it done before the bell rang anyways. It wasn't until I was out in the parking lot that I realized all I had to do was take the total distance traveled and divide that by the total travel time.

240 miles per hour!? For his AVERAGE speed!?! That's ridiculous! The fastest he went was 120, so how could his average possibly be faster? GAH! What was I thinking? I'm an idiot! I now know that the correct answer is probably 80 miles per hour, which makes much more sense. But that doesn't matter now, oh no. Blast my stupid stupidity! If I could turn back time...

17 comments:

Brittany said...

By the way, that's a picture of my brain.

Joslynn said...

Brittany...
If this is the extent of your regrets, then you must live a very satisfactory life indeed.
You are a genius.

Abby Norman said...

Brittany...If you have brain farts on little tests like this, you're fine. However, if you're like me, where you do fine on the little tests, but have brain farts on every single question on the AP Tests, then you're in trouble. I hope you are having a good week, and that you continue to be available this Saturday...(We aren't going to the dance after all...we're gonna watch "Help!" and practice some sweet dance moves! ;)

Melissa said...

I feel your pain.

Brittany said...

Genius not so much. Did I mention that we graded each others in class? I wish I had had my paper. Twould have given me a good laugh.

I didn't have many brain farts on the AP tests. That's because if I didn't know the answer, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing.

It sounds like you didn't have many moments like this in high school, Melissa. At least, that's what I've heard...

Melissa said...

Two words:

Calculus

Joslynn said...

You're right. You're not a genius. Why? Because you transferred out of my English class.
The end.

Brittany said...

Sorry bout that, Jos. It was bound to happen. I wish you could come with me.

Melissa, do the words "She was Perfect," mean anything to you? (The AP Calc test being an exception)

Michelle said...

Yeah you pretty much just explained my brain on an average day. Today, being less than average, I have nothing else intelligent to say. The end.

Melissa said...

Like I always say:

You have a mind like a steel trap.

And I will brook no opposition.

Anonymous said...

I tink ur smart.
And hawt.

Brittany said...

This is weird. Comments have been made that somehow aren't coming up. I'm kind of confused.

Your new friend said...

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Matt Evans said...

Darling,
You and I are one and the same. We share the same interests, the same laughter, the same heartbeat.
Whenever I eat soup I think of you. I cannot live, I cannot think without you.
Come breathe life back into me.
I love you.

Brittany said...

Bwahahaha. Matt. My love, however did you find me? It's been too long. However, I did want to make it public that I think you are a jerk and a half right now. I hate your stinkin guts, you make me vomit, and you are the scum between my toes. Call me sometime, and we'll eat some soup.

Rad Ben said...

Brittany Doyle:
You amaze me. Not only are you a genius because you are taking physics, but you actually understand it. I'm sure you did great on the physics test. You are so smart! I too have been in a test and forgotten an answer. It's not to fun. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

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