What to do when kid is digesting scientific notation

by Stefan Fletcher September. 07, 2009 5130 views

Eugène Atget lugged a heavy camera around Paris for thirty years around the turn of the 20th century. My scope is far more modest, but then so are my abilities - and I also like skies, which always come as an afterthought (when they are exposed at all) from the Master.

So I lugged a camera around the village tonight tacked on the monopod that replaced the one lost in Roussillon. There was a harvest moon above the ruins of a 16th century windmill behind my house. This is the best result I achieved.

Went on my own, as progeny is digesting scientific notation crammed into her brain in maths class today - or rather, my desperate attempt to clarify crap teacher's desultory explanation. Maths teachers deserve every anatomical/scatological epithet in the book - and then a few more. My 14 year-old proto-punk can now do the simple equation above in her head.

If only photography were that simple…

P.S. If your memory of maths classes is as distant and as dim as mine, and you're worried about spending tonight sleeplessly wracking your brain for the answer, I may be inclined to send you the solution for a small financial consideration. Credit cards and cash only. No cheques.

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 10 years, 2 months ago

Awesome shot!

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Kecskemétiné Nelli 10 years, 2 months ago

Interesting parallel.. now I see why have I kept my old Maths notes. They will be priceless if I have children in the future..

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Dorothe 10 years, 2 months ago

ok y^-7

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Thebronzebow 10 years, 2 months ago

I have forgotten all of my math. Good thing I never had to help my son. The moon seems to have called us all this weekend. Looks like it was a lovely place to be.

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Amy Whicker 10 years, 2 months ago

I think the answer is y^-7. Or, written without negative exponents, would be 1/(y^7).

Am I right?

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Dorothe 10 years, 2 months ago

The windmill with the moon is great! And what about y^-13 I can not find the right keys...and it´s along time ago...

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Nikolas 10 years, 2 months ago

Very simple! 10 is the correct answer! But that goes for the photo... :)

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Edyta 10 years, 2 months ago

btw, my mother was a high school maths teacher ;)

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Edyta 10 years, 2 months ago

well, I belong to those few people on our planet who actually enjoyed maths at school. However, that was a long time ago and I happened to choose an altogether different path in my life ... most of my maths got forgotten as the result. So I can only qualify your second shot as "abstract" ;))

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Brian 10 years, 2 months ago

I'll tell my wife how you feel about math teachers, she's one and takes math seriously:) I'll never have to worry about helping with the math homework myself.
I'm impressed with your moon picture. Wonderfully captured above the ruins. Think I might just have to add it to my favorites.

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
David Swatton 10 years, 2 months ago

I love the watery moon - very atmospheric... and I can't do superscript in this little message box otherwise I would have put the answer!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Marsha 10 years, 2 months ago

Nice shot.....the moon shimmering behind the clouds is lovely!
Ummm....the math problem.....scary......I can't look!!!

10 years, 2 months ago Edited
Lynda 10 years, 2 months ago

Nice moon shot. I've got maths O level, loved algebra but don't remember seeing this one before.

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Leah De Guzman Huete 10 years, 2 months ago

Love the first one!
ohhhh..here comes algebra. i donno the solution lol...:D:D

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Sandra Vermeulen 10 years, 2 months ago

???????

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Jarvo J 10 years, 3 months ago

y?

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Betty Meade 10 years, 3 months ago

Love the first shot, but will pass when it comes to scientific notation...once around is enough for me!

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Michael Sakowicz 10 years, 3 months ago

Yikes. I would not know where to start with that problem. I was 'pretty good' at math, but this kinda scares me. =)

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Ricardo 10 years, 3 months ago

besides now we dont do those equations, we do harder ones, and we have more geometry and other stuff! maybe thats why i cant solve it! or simply I forgot the rule! (this last one seems to be the obvious)

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Ricardo 10 years, 3 months ago

I've never been a genious in maths!
But I dont remember this stuff , shouldnt it have another letter?
well at least I know that the = will be Y elevated to some number :)

Damn! vacations makes students forget everything :/

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Kate 10 years, 3 months ago

lol...off to take picture of daughters mirror which is covered in her equations for revision...exams over and off to uni now but the homage to maths is still there

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