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Topic: Which Polynomial?
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Wayne Bishop

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Re: Which Polynomial?
Posted: Aug 2, 2005 1:02 PM
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At 08:51 AM 8/2/2005, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>At 02:06 AM 8/2/2005, Wayne Bishop wrote:
>>Except for kids of semi-affluent semi-educated parents who are
>>headed for a superior score in AP Calculus. Extrapolate to life success.

>
>That's right, kids! Extrapolate your AP Calculus scores to life
>success. So if you get a 3 or a 2, you must be a failure


There's a small problem here, but a well recognized one in the
standard toolkit of fallacious reasoning and snake-oil sales; a
statement and its inverse need not be logically equivalent. It is
especially obvious in this case where an AP Calculus score of even a
2 *does* indicate a student following the low to middle class canon
of academic and life success. But not a 1 and not AP Calculus on the
high school transcript but no ETS score at all.

Wayne.





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