Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Common Sense Question Answer

Now, the answer to the common sense question is *drum roll*...............................

To begin, the glass of water with ice cubes is relatively cold when placed on the table.  As time passes on, the temperature of the glass is still cold, because the hunched together ice cubes are doing everything they possibly can to keep the glass from warming up.  But, the ice cubes are working against the clock.  As slowly and delicately as can be, the ice cubes begin to melt.  This is a bad sign for the ice, because the ice will melt away as the temperature of the glass of ice water works its way toward room temperature.

Now, I know most of you answered the question correctly.  It is a fairly simple question.  But, how many of you knew that this was one of my calculus questions?  Granted, it was from the first section in the book, and it probably draws the line closer to pre-cal than calculus.  However, it goes to show that you are all smarter than you think.   I have found out that this usually comes as a significant revelation to some people, so that is why I asked this question.  Smartness is not about talent.  Anyone can achieve straight A's, if they push themselves, discipline themselves.  My encouragement is to push yourself in everything you do for the glory of God, because the reward will be great.  It is not easy, but it will well be worth it in the end.  

On another note, calculus, in the form of functions, is all around you.  People, who say there is no use in calculus or mathematics to them, have no idea what they are talking about.  You all set a glass of ice water on the table.  Don't you?  When you do that, you are experiencing the calculus involved as the ice begins to melt away within the glass.  Calculus, in itself, is everywhere.  :)         

8 comments:

May Amelia said...

Well, *ahem* I thought you were leading up to do a post about lukewarm Christians and how they're like the water that eventually turns the ice (true Christians) into room temperature just like themselves. It uhh seems I've perhaps over-thought the question just a tad....

susanwalkergirl said...

Now that's pretty cool Joshua...or should I say warm. Thanks for the encouragement for the math challenged people.

Leah Kathryn said...

That is quite interesting...Every day's a learning experience! :-)

Amber Noella said...

This benefited me in more ways than you know!

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Hmm.. who would have thought that would be a question in calculus??
Thanks for encouragement. It is very true. Any one can succeed if they give it their best effort. That is definitely encouraging to me right now as I face a looming tower of school books... I am trying to finish by this summer/fall, but it can get discouraging when I keep looking at my list of things to accomplish. Still, with God on my side as my strength, I know I can pull through. Thanks for the encouragment!

In Christ's Service,
Sarah

Debbiehere said...

*lol* Mark & I "argued" whether this would be a Calculous, Physics, or Spiritual question. His brain is (obviously) math, mine leans towards science (Physics). Really it's all three isn't it? <><

Joshua said...

Aunt Debbie,
You are absolutely correct. It does work for all three. I never realized that at first, but obviously it does work. Wow. :) How are you feeling?

Joshua said...

May,
Yeah, you may have over-thought the question just a tad, but I do that all the time. So, don't feel bad. :)

Susan, Amber, and Sarah,
Your very welcome. I am glad I was an encouragement to you all and that this post benefited you. May God bless you all. :)

Leah,
No doubt everyday is a learning experience, since I always learn new things everyday. Thanks for the comment. :)