intro to stats

anonymous asked:

sorry if you've gotten an ask like this before but i've been wondering. how do the fair folk at elsewhere uni affect the teachers there? if it's a college, there have to be teachers, right? are any of them human? does their longer stay at elsewhere affect them differently? or since they aren't students, does the magic just go unnoticed and they simply think their students are strangely superstitious?

The majority of the professors are human. Some don’t want to leave (it’s amazing what you adapt to, and once Elsewhere U begins to feel like home there’s nowhere in the world that would fill the same place in your chest), some can’t leave (bargains made out of desperation or carelessness) and some are, like a good amount of students, either ignorant of the weirdness or just uneasy enough to be willfully blind.

There are no Fae professors; the job is more work and commitment than any of them would care for (and Elsewhere U has high standards for the quality of their staff and courses, in any case. It’s got a reputation to uphold, by god). This is of course not counting the few times a professor has been snatched away by some lovesick or furious creature, and the doppelganger left in their place did their level best to carry on. Most of them have fun with it, even if they’re not strictly imparting knowledge so much as shouting excitably at a class in their best impersonation of the absentee. But once the Not-Bio Prof began to actually weep at the fourteenth question, before setting fire to the trash bin and leaving through the fourth floor window (Professor Jennings returned that evening, and nothing more was said about it).

Finally there are, however, some people who aren’t human, at least not all the way. They’re human enough to touch iron, carry salt, but there is something wrong with them anyway. Not all deals end well, and the angle of the Intro Stats professor’s neck is as good a reminder of that as any.

Look, can we quit it with the conflation of arithmetic and higher mathematics?

I have dyscalculia. My teachers gave up on teaching me to perform basic arithmetic in tenth grade. I struggle with anything below trigonometry, and even trig is hard for me.

I have a bachelor’s in pure math and a master’s in statistics. Calculus? I can do that. Abstract algebra? I’m there. Topology and probability theory? Awesome. (Don’t ask me to do combinatorics, though. Don’t know why, but my brain nopes out on that one.)

I am SICK AND TIRED of reassuring kids I teach who come into our intro stats or calc courses going “I’m bad at math” and expecting to fail. A good three quarters of the time I probe further and discover they failed or nearly failed algebra because they struggle with arithmetic, and now they’re convinced they’re going to fail anything that even looks like it might possibly be adjacent to math.

WE HAVE CALCULATORS NOW, PEOPLE. Inability to do arithmetic is not even close to the end of your mathematics career. So can we please quit discouraging kids now?

mnemehoshiko  asked:

in a universe where like NO ONE DIED IN ROGUE ONE, 1) WHO REALIZED THEY WERE EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED FIRST JYN, CASSIAN, OR OTHER? 2) WHO LOCKED THEM IN THE SUPPLY CLOSET TO GET OVER THE #TENSION AND 3) IF THIS WAS AN ACADEMIA AU, WHO WOULD BE WHICH FIELD FOR THE ROGUE ONE CREW?....i don't know why I'm abusing caps again

1) Absolutely Cassian. By the three-quarter mark of the movie he’s already giving her gifts (“I got you a strike force, hope you like it”) and suggesting couple activities (“hey, wanna infiltrate a high-security Imperial facility together?”)

2) Unknown because it was done with extreme stealth and no-one will admit to it; who’d want to face Jyn & Cassian’s wrath?

According to Rebel gossip, the leading contenders are Chirrut (who’s offended by the suggestion that he’d resort to such cheap tricks), Leia (in order to divert attention from whatever this thing she has going with Solo is); and Solo (for kicks).

Surprise twist, it was K-2SO. Given the odds that the two of them were eventually going to engage in sexual activity, he grew tired of their irritating recalcitrance. He still gives a running commentary on their odds of breaking up (also high, according to him).

3) Mneme, WHAT HAVE YOU DOOOOOONE?!? /o\ You know I can’t resist an academic AU…

Cassian:

  • hmm, I see 2 possibilities…
    • Political Science, specializing in popular revolutions (of course) and consent theory/civil justice. Gives his students extra credit for participating in political demonstrations.
    • Computer Science, encryption and AI theory. Rumours abound that he secretly consults with the NSA and/or is a white hat hacker (he was totally the one behind [latest huge whistleblowing leak])

Jyn:

  • 20C Military History
  • tries to be apolitical, does not succeed
  • all her student evaluations are either zero stars or five, no middle ground
  • legendary for making flag-waving wannabe Pattons storm out of her class

Bodhi:

  • Languages/Linguistics
  • incredibly busy, teaches 3 languages of the Indian sub-continent plus an abstruse course in cognitive linguistics
  • his language classes are full of thirsty undergrads who flock to his office hours, asking him to correct their Punjabi pronunciation
  • (yes, this is a totally shallow choice because Riz Ahmed has a lovely voice & I just want to listen to him talk in any language/accent whatsoever)

Chirrut:

  • Head of the Office of Student Life, or whatever its equivalent at this institution is called
  • has talked hundreds of overstressed students down off metaphorical (and probably literal) ledges
  • loves fighting with the Financial Aid office over denied applications; they hide under their desks when they see him coming

Baze:

  • a glass-blowing instructor in the Fine Arts department
  • hates academia & complains about it constantly
  • they keep trying to hire him as a full professor and he refuses because then he’d have to teach art history/theory as well
  • but if you get 3 pints in him he will go off on an hour-long rant about Dale Chihuly

Kay:

  • Statistics, of course
  • all those humanities students forced to take Intro to Stats so they can understand the concept of margin of error are the bane of his existence

❛ —Who goes there? ❜ Hand over the hilt of her jeweled dagger hidden in the folds of her dress, her eyes darted past the pond, looking to find the source of the noise. Instinct prompted her to call for the guards, but if it was simply a straggler from the days’ festivities, any indication of fear on her part would be a weakness. Ellaria was quick, but if it was the same attacker from earlier in the day, he would not find the Princess an easy target, nor find himself facing an easy death if touched by the poison on her dagger.

hey starlights!

I took intro stats last semester and I really want to make the most of my nonexistent skills by collecting some data on vixx fans and seeing if I can find any interesting correlations! you can help me by taking my questionnaire here and by spreading this so I can get more entries

I hope to publish whatever cool data I get out of this after reaching 100 or so entries so we can all laugh about it together because it definitely won’t be a perfect study but it should be pretty entertaining!

thanks so much for your help ✧ !