November 8, 2008

True Genius is Often Unappreciated

OK. This one looks like an answer I would give.

The student obviously understands the concept of Occam's razor ("All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best."), whether they have ever heard of it (or even are old enough or need to shave).

It is a poorly worded question. "Solve for x" would have been better. The student found found x.

And yet they get no credit for it. Alas, the world is oft not fair.
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1 comment:

Laurie M. said...

File that under "When you ask a stupid question...". Those problems, as I recall, are usually worded "solve for X", probably for that exact reason.