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Topic: Q in mathematica ??
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Richard Fateman

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Re: Q in mathematica ?? // answering someone's homework
Posted: Dec 8, 2012 1:28 AM
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On 12/6/2012 10:38 PM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:
> On Dec 6, 2012, at 5:01 AM, Q in mathematica <> wrote:
> I hope that wasn't a homework exercise you were asked to do, as it's
> straightforward:

If you thought it was a homework problem, you shouldn't have posted
the answer. What else could it be other than homework?

The way such questions are handled on the comp.lang.lisp newsgroup is
to provide an extraordinarily complex and sophisticated answer to
the (suspected) homework question... so that the student who naively
hands in it is immediately under suspicion. Upon questioning, the
student can't explain what is going on.

Alternatively, the student studies the sophisticated answer and
learns much more than is necessary to actually answer the question
from first principles.


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