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Peter Ash

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Re: help please
Posted: Jul 16, 1998 6:52 AM
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The term "reflex angle" is a listing in my American Heritage Dictionary,
published 1970, where it is defined correctly.


Sarah Seastone wrote:
> Since I agree with Prof. Conway about looking words up in the dictionary, I
> tried looking up reflex angle. My standby is Webster's 2nd International
> Dictionary unabridged, published in 1957. It is usually a pretty good
> dictionary for math definitions, although not for the space program or
> computer jargon, but reflex angle isn't in it under either reflex or angle.
> Is this a more recent use of the word reflex ('bent back') to refer to an
> angle?
> - Sarah
> At 4:25 PM -0400 7/15/98, John Conway wrote:

> >On 14 Jul 1998, brian j. devine wrote:
> >

> >> my daughter is going into the sixth grade. however, she is quite
> >> intelligent and is taking advanced math classes at
> >> carnegie mellon university.
> >>
> >> her current summer class is in geometry. her homework for
> >> tonight is to find the definition of a reflex angle.
> >>
> >> can you help? she would need the answer by wednesday morning at 8:00
> >> eastern time.
> >>
> >> could you send a definition that smart elementary school children
> >> could understand?
> >>
> >> thank you very much.

> >
> > I often answer such questions, but really feel that this one rather
> >deserves a rebuke. Your house should contain a dictionary, and your
> >daughter should be able to use it.
> >
> > John Conway

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