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**amberzak****Member**- Registered: 2012-03-16
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My teacher told us a nice way for students to remember to add the +C when integrating with calculus. He said call him Colin and don't forget Colin.

Has any of you teachers or students got any other ideas for how to remember?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I would just tell the students the joke about the integral of 1 over cabin.

It goes something like this:

The prof asks his students if they know what the integral of 1 over cabin is with respect to cabin.

The students answered that it was log cabin.

He said that they were,of course wrong,because the answer is log cabin+C=houseboat.

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-05-13 01:07:51)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I like definite integration much better. The 2 c's get eaten up.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**amberzak****Member**- Registered: 2012-03-16
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anonimnystefy, that is classic. I love it

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Yes,I like it very much as well.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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It is all over the internet, so you were just bound to find another instance of it on the forum.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Except I didn't 'find' it there. I posted it. Small but significant difference!

I agree it's an old joke ... probably older than you! But it's one that can only be appreciated by mathematicians and that rather appeals for some reason.

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I thought someone else posted it.

I like that one and the one about the female bartender who knows how to integrate.

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